DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) – In the first days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as aid workers and health authorities battled to contain the deadly virus, Mariano Lugli asked himself a simple question: where was the World Health Organization?
Lugli, an Italian nurse, was among the first responders from medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to reach the remote forests of Guinea in March where the hemorrhagic fever – one of the most lethal diseases known to man – was detected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.