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Sep 13, 2014

Liberian president appeals to Obama for U.S. help to beat Ebola

DAKAR, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for urgent
aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola
virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight
against the disease.

The outbreak, which was first discovered in March, has now
killed more than 2,400 people mostly in Liberia, neighbouring
Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced
West African healthcare systems have been overrun.

Sep 3, 2014

Guinea detects Ebola in new region as U.S. warns outbreak out of control

CONAKRY/DAKAR, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Guinea’s government said
on Wednesday that Ebola had spread to a previously unaffected
region of the country, as U.S. experts warned that the worst
ever outbreak of the deadly virus was spiralling out of control
in West Africa.

Guinea, the first country to detect the haemorrhagic fever
in March, had said it was containing the outbreak but
authorities announced that nine new cases had been found in the
southeastern prefecture of Kerouane.

Sep 1, 2014

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths: World Bank head

DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) – The world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying who could easily be saved, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the highly contagious virus.

In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Western healthcare facilities would easily be able to contain the disease, and he urged wealthy nations to share knowledge and resources to help African countries tackle it.

Aug 24, 2014

Insight – Sierra Leone ‘hero’ doctor’s death exposes slow Ebola response

FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) – When two American aid workers recovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimental drug, the grieving family of Sierra Leone’s most famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment before he died from the deadly virus.

Sheik Umar Khan was a hero in his small West African country for leading the fight against the worst ever outbreak of the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 1,427 people mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Aug 24, 2014

Sierra Leone “hero” doctor’s death exposes slow Ebola response

FREETOWN/DAKAR, Aug 24 (Reuters) – When two American aid
workers recovered from Ebola after being treated with an
experimental drug, the grieving family of Sierra Leone’s most
famous doctor wondered why he had been denied the same treatment
before he died from the deadly virus.

Sheik Umar Khan was a hero in his small West African country
for leading the fight against the worst ever outbreak of the
highly contagious hemorrhagic fever, which has killed 1,427
people mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Aug 12, 2014

Liberia to give two doctors trial drug, Ebola toll at 1,013

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberia said on Tuesday it would treat two infected doctors with the scarce experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, the first Africans to receive the treatment, while authorities in Spain said a 75-year-old priest had died of the disease.

The death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the highly contagious disease has climbed to 1,013 since it was discovered in remote southeastern Guinea in March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Aug 12, 2014

Liberia says U.S. authorities OK use of experimental Ebola drug

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – U.S. authorities have approved a request from Liberia’s government to send sample doses of the experimental ZMapp drug to treat Liberian doctors infected with Ebola, the Liberian presidency said.

A statement on the Liberian presidency’s website said the drug would be delivered to the West African country this week by a U.S. government representative, after a direct appeal to President Barack Obama on Friday by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Aug 6, 2014

West African healthcare systems reel as Ebola toll hits 932

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – Health workers in West Africa appealed on Wednesday for urgent help in controlling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak as the death toll climbed to 932 and Liberia shut a hospital where several staff were infected, including a Spanish priest.

The outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever has overwhelmed rudimentary healthcare systems and prompted the deployment of troops to quarantine the worst-hit areas in the remote border region of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Aug 5, 2014

Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola

MONROVIA/DAKAR, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Relatives of Ebola victims
in Liberia defied government quarantine orders and dumped
infected bodies in the streets as West African governments
struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak of the
virus that has killed 887 people.

In Nigeria, which recorded its first death from Ebola in
late July, authorities in Lagos said eight people who came in
contact with the deceased U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer were
showing signs of the deadly disease.

Jul 29, 2014

Insight – Gold, diamonds feed C. African religious violence

NDASSIMA Central African Republic (Reuters) – Three young rebels, their AK47s propped against wooden stools in the afternoon heat, guard the entrance to the giant Ndassima goldmine carved deep into a forested hilltop in Central African Republic.

Sat in a thatched shack at the edge of a muddy shantytown, the gunmen keep the peace – for a price – among hundreds of illegal miners who swarm over the steep sides of the glittering open pit, scratching out a living.