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Mar 2, 2015

Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests

DAKAR (Reuters) – Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

Five health officials and experts familiar with the incidents said the mistakes occurred at two different treatment centres and resulted as many as 52 botched tests, exposing many others to the virus and revealing weaknesses in Guinea’s response to the crisis.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests

DAKAR (Reuters) – Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

Five health officials and experts familiar with the incidents said the mistakes occurred at two different treatment centers and resulted as many as 52 botched tests, exposing many others to the virus and revealing weaknesses in Guinea’s response to the crisis.

Feb 23, 2015

Ebola drug in Guinea helps some, stirs debate on broader use

DAKAR (Reuters) – A Japanese anti-Ebola drug being tested in Guinea should be made available across West Africa after initial trials showed it halved mortality rates in some patients, the medical charity administering it said.

Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), which ran the trials of favipiravir in Guinea, said mortality rates fell from 30 to 15 percent in patients with a low to moderate Ebola count but was not effective on those with a high level of the virus.

Feb 11, 2015

West Africa sees spike in Ebola cases as decline stalls: WHO

CONAKRY/DAKAR (Reuters) – The number of new Ebola cases rose for the second week in a row in West Africa, nearly doubling in Guinea, suggesting declines in the disease seen earlier this year had stalled, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Efforts to wipe out the deadly virus were being hampered by people’s mistrust of health workers, and the number of people continuing to hide sick friends and relatives from authorities, particularly in Guinea’s capital Conakry, officials said.

Feb 10, 2015

Sierra Leone to prosecute fraudulent Ebola “ghostworkers”

DAKAR (Reuters) – Sierra Leone said on Tuesday it had cleaned up a list thought to contain thousands of “ghostworkers” on its Ebola staff and would prosecute those who sought to swindle money from the government, tackling a problem that has dogged its fight against the epidemic.

More than 10,000 Ebola cases have been reported in Sierra Leone since last May, making it the hardest hit country in the world’s worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. The epidemic has been concentrated in West Africa and killed nearly 9,000 people out of 22,495 known cases since December 2013.

Feb 5, 2015

Free from Ebola, survivors complain of new syndrome

DAKAR/MONROVIA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Romeo Doe, a 29-year-old
tailor who survived Ebola in Liberia, is struggling to cope with
the impact of a disease that killed seven members of his family
and now threatens his livelihood.

Since he was released from an Ebola centre in the capital
Monrovia in November, pressure is rising in his eyes and
affecting his vision – a complaint some doctors say is common
among survivors of the West African outbreak.

Jan 27, 2015

Scientists ask if Ebola immunises as well as kills

LONDON/DAKAR (Reuters) – A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunising some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbours.

    So-called “asymptomatic” Ebola cases – in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn’t get sick or suffer symptoms – are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream.

Jan 21, 2015

On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) – Here at the front line of the Ebola epidemic, the tide seems to be turning against the disease.

A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone – the worst-affected country – has helped to dramatically reduce new cases, in what health officials say is a major step towards defeating Ebola.

Jan 21, 2015

Ebola end game in sight as new cases fall sharply in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A military-style operation to
fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has helped to dramatically reduce
new cases, in what health officials say is a major step towards
defeating the deadly disease.

Since it was launched about one month ago, the operation has
doubled the number of ambulances for patients in the densely
populated west of Sierra Leone, the worst-affected country where
more than 3,000 people have died.

Jan 20, 2015

Dutch UN attack helicopters strike Mali rebels in north

DAKAR (Reuters) – Dutch United Nations attack helicopters carried out air strikes on Tuareg rebel forces in northern Mali on Tuesday, the first such engagement by Dutch forces serving in the U.N. mission in Mali.

The U.N. mission, known as MINUSMA, said it was responding to heavy weapons fire directed at its peacekeepers in the town of Tabankort. It said the helicopters only destroyed a rebel vehicle after firing warning shots that were ignored.