Study results suggest 2 Ebola drugs saving lives

Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives. (Aug. 13)

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DRC and Rwandan health ministers meet to discuss Ebola spread | AFP

Diane Gashumba and Pierre Kangudia, respective health ministers of Rwanda and the DR Congo, meet in the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi to discuss the ongoing Ebola epidemic. IMAGES

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Health checks ongoing at DRC-Rwanda border amid Ebola flare-up | AFP

Ebola response workers stationed at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda conduct health checks on people moving across the busy frontier. The current epidemic in eastern DR Congo marked its first anniversary on Thursday with two more cases in the densely-populated border city of Goma. IMAGES

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WHO asks for DRC population to be ‘committed’ in fight against Ebola | AFP

The World Health Organisation deputy director general Ibrahima Socé Fall calls for the population in Goma, to be ‘committed’ in the fight against the epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo. He was speaking before the announcement of a death in a major city and the quarantining of 15 people in a province that had previously escaped the disease.

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Traditional practices in DRC hamper Ebola fightback | AFP

In Goma, eastern DR Congo, health workers are redoubling their efforts following the first death caused by Ebola in this border city. Health authorities face several challenges in this densely populated region, where many pastors believe in the practice of healing through physical touch, which only helps spread the disease.

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Distrust undermines effort to fight Ebola in Congo

More than a year and 171,000 doses of a new vaccine have done little to stop the spread of Ebola in Congo. Health workers say many people fear the vaccine was created to kill them, while others cling to the ways of traditional healing. (July 24)

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Congo Ebola outbreak, a global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared international health emergency after more than 1,600 deaths. (July 17)

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WHO holds vaccination campaign in Goma after Ebola patient death | AFP

WHO health workers vaccinate people who have been in contact with the a patient who died after being diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma. The case — the first in a major urban hub in the region’s nearly year-old epidemic of the disease — has sparked deep concern in neighbouring Rwanda and at the UN.

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