Tag: Ebola Virus

Ebola Could Be Eradicated — But Only if the World Works Together

The global health community got a few pieces of hopeful news this week. On Monday the World Health Organization announced that two newly developed intravenous drug therapies appear capable of curing Ebola. The medications could help end a continuing epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where nearly 2,800 people have been infected over the […]

Read More

Two New Ebola Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo Epidemic

Two experimental treatments to treat Ebola infection work so well that they will now be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists announced Monday. The antibody-based treatments are so powerful — “Now we can say that 90 percent can come out of treatment cured,” one scientist said — that they raise […]

Read More

Can You Make a Page-Turning Thriller Out of the Ebola Crisis?

CRISIS IN THE RED ZONEThe Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeBy Richard Preston Richard Preston has a penchant for the cinematic, even when his subject matter could not be more depressing and dire. His best-selling 1994 book, “The Hot Zone,” about an Ebola outbreak at a medical […]

Read More

Deadly Germ Research Is Shut Down at Army Lab Over Safety Concerns

Safety concerns at a prominent military germ lab have led the government to shut down research involving dangerous microbes like the Ebola virus. “Research is currently on hold,” the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Fort Detrick, Md., said in a statement on Friday. The shutdown is likely to last months, […]

Read More

Finding Clarity in Their Partnerships

Shortly after Olivia Landau discovered Kyle Simon in July 2013 at the Gemological Institute of America in New York, where each was studying precious stones, she went underground to unearth more information about him. “Kyle was so handsome, and I noticed that he often looked at me at school, and I definitely wanted to have […]

Read More

Congo Draws Up a New Battle Plan Against Ebola Amid Power Struggle

Faced with an Ebola outbreak that sprawls over a vast swath of the Democratic Republic of Congo, public health officials are conceding that their battle against the virus is failing and have proposed a comprehensive new strategy for ending the epidemic. The plan envisions reframing the epidemic as a regional humanitarian crisis, not simply a […]

Read More

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, reserved for outbreaks that pose a serious threat to public health and could spread […]

Read More

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, reserved for outbreaks that pose a serious threat to public health and could spread […]

Read More

Ebola Outbreak Reaches Major City in Congo, Renewing Calls for Emergency Order

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached the city of Goma, which has a population of nearly 2 million, an international airport and ferries and buses that fan out over much of the region. Goma is also just one kilometer, or about half a mile, from the border with Rwanda. […]

Read More

Time Is Running Out to Stop an Ebola Epidemic

Ebola is ravaging the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a country riven by violent conflict and neglected for decades by the international community. The World Health Organization has less than half of the $98 million it needs to confront the crisis. And the United States government has undermined its own experts with a slow-footed response […]

Read More

For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk […]

Read More

Uganda Discloses Greater Ebola Threat Than Previously Known

Uganda’s exposure to Ebola infection from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo appeared to have increased on Thursday, as the death toll rose to two and three suspected cases were reported in a Ugandan border hospital. The number of people in Uganda who may have been exposed to carriers of the Ebola virus expanded significantly, […]

Read More

Two More Ebola Cases Diagnosed in Uganda as First Victim, 5, Dies

Fears worsened on Wednesday that the year-old Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to neighboring countries, as a boy in Uganda died from the disease and two of his close relatives there were infected. The boy, 5, from a Congolese family who had crossed into western Uganda on June 9, was […]

Read More

First Ebola Case Reported in Uganda, in Spillover From Congo

A 5-year-old Congolese boy who traveled with his family into Uganda has received a diagnosis of Ebola, international health officials said Tuesday — the first confirmed case of the highly contagious disease outside the Democratic Republic of Congo since an outbreak began there a year ago. The case, reported by the World Health Organization, appeared […]

Read More

An Experimental Ebola Cure May Also Protect Against Nipah Virus

An experimental drug has protected monkeys against infection with Nipah virus, a lethal disease and emerging pandemic threat for which there is no approved vaccine or cure, scientists reported on Wednesday. The antiviral drug, remdesivir, is also being tested against the Ebola virus in the outbreak now underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The […]

Read More