Best of Humanity: UN urges debt cancellation for Ebola-affected countries

UN urges debt cancellation for Ebola-affected countries

Addis Ababa, Dec 16 (IANS/EFE) The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, called Monday for creditors to cancel the outstanding debt of the three West African countries worst affected by the deadly Ebola epidemic.The proposal to contribute to the economy recovery of Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone by writing off their debt was in […]

Germany unveils special jet to transport Ebola patients

Germany unveils special jet to transport Ebola patients

Berlin, Nov 28 (IANS) The German government unveiled Thursday at Berlin’s Tegel Airport a special medical evacuation plane, which is designed to transport patients infected with Ebola. The aircraft “Robert Koch” is equipped with special “isolation units”, which are connected to a separate exhaust system to prevent the spread of the virus, Xinhua reported. The […]

Wikipedia can predict the next disease outbreak

Wikipedia can predict the next disease outbreak

  London, Nov 19 (IANS) An increase in visits to about a disease can predict its next outbreak, a study suggests. Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US examined 14 infectious disease outbreaks and used Wikipedia traffic data to compare if they could predict upsurges of diseases.The team was able to forecast all the […]

Ebola could infect more than a million, US warns

CDC headquarters in Atlanta

  Atlanta, Sep 24 (IANS/EFE) More than a million people could be infected with the Ebola virus by January unless greater efforts are made to contain the disease in West Africa, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have said.In a press conference at CDC headquarters in Atlanta Tuesday, health authorities said that between 550,000 […]

Woman with Ebola-like symptoms hospitalised in Australia

Woman with Ebola-like symptoms hospitalised in Australia

  Canberra, Sep 23 (IANS) A woman with Ebola-like symptoms has been admitted to a hospital in Australia, media reports said.The woman who returned to Perth from West Africa has been admitted to the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, watoday.com reported Tuesday.The woman was showing Ebola-like symptoms but could be suffering from malaria.“The woman […]

UN chief welcomes US assistance to fight Ebola

UN chief welcomes US assistance to fight Ebola

United Nations, Sep 17 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the US support against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and called for “bold and courageous” international efforts to fight the epidemic. “The secretary-general warmly welcomes today’s announcement by the United States government to provide a range of measures to assist in the global response to Ebola […]

Number of Ebola cases may reach 20,000: WHO

Number of Ebola cases may reach 20,000: WHO

  Geneva, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in Western Africa could reach 20,000, six times more than the current estimates, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Thursday.This is one of the main conclusions the WHO presented Thursday in its assessment of the epidemic, in which suggestions and guidelines to […]

Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week

Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week

  Washinton, Aug 29 (IANS) The US government announced Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week.The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and GlaxoSmithKline […]