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Four Hurt in Guinea Clashes Ahead of Talks

Four Hurt in Guinea Clashes Ahead of Talks

A security officer walks past a burned car in Conakry, Guinea, where youths clashed with security forces, raising pressure on President Alpha Conde ahead of talks with the opposition on a dispute over the timing of elections, May 7, 2015. 


At least four people were injured Thursday in clashes involving protesters, security forces and government supporters that threatened to derail a planned meeting between Guinea's president and the leader of the opposition.

President Alpha Conde has invited Cellou Dalein Diallo to talks on Friday. An opposition spokesman said this week that Diallo was ready to meet Conde, after rejecting earlier overtures.

But Diallo said Thursday that he had been prevented from leaving his home by security forces posted outside the entrance.

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Ten medical workers being evacuated to US from Sierra Leone after helping colleague diagnosed with Ebola

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Reminders of Ebola’s terrifying spread through the region are everywhere. In Port Loko district in Sierra Leone, a sign advises passers-by about a quarantined home


 Ten medical workers with a Boston charity who went to the aid of a colleague diagnosed with Ebola, are being evacuated to the US where they will be placed in isolation units.

The organisation Partners in Health said that last week that one of its members working to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone had been tested positive for the disease. That person had already been flown to the US and was receiving special treatment at the National Institutes of Health Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, it said.

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Ebola Crisis: Red Cross workers attacked as virus conspiracies create panic in Guinea

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Members of the French military check a medical centre at Conakry's International airport, on 19 January 2015

Ebola health workers have been the victims of mob attacks across Guinea caused by false rumours spread by opposition politicians , international NGOs exclusively claimed to IBTimes UK. 

The latest of these rumours - that the Red Cross was intentionally spraying schoolchildren with the virus - spread chaos in the capital Conakry and the region of Faranah last week, resulting in violent attacks against the organisation workers.

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Veteran Doctor Fears Rise of a Drug-Resistant Strain Will Help the Disease Spread


Despite a sharp drop in malaria-related deaths over the past decade, a veteran doctor here, in the heart of the world’s malaria belt, says now is the time to wage a large-scale battle with the mosquito-borne disease.

One colleague calls Nick White “the grandmaster” of drug therapy for malaria. Dr. White and other researchers worry about the resistance to artemisinin—a drug that has

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Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen Monday

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — All schools in Guinea will reopen on Monday after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea's health minister said Friday.

Health minister Remy Lamah told The Associated Press in Accra, Ghana during a summit by the Economic Community of West African States that the action is being taken "because the situation has improved." 

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A hopeful new trend on Ebola

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In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. 

In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File) FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus.

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Ebola Epidemic Continues to Spread

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CDC Directgor Tom Frieden tours King Tom Cemetery in Sierra Leone, where safe and dignified burials are taking place.

Ebola Epidemic Continues to Spread

[CDC] – After more than a year of Ebola transmission in Guinea and more than 7 months of transmission in Liberia and Sierra Leone, there is still much to be done to stop the world’s first Ebola epidemic, CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H reported from his second visit to the three affected nations.

Dr. Frieden returned Sunday from West Africa, where he spoke with patients and staff; met with many of CDC’s 170 staff working in each of the countries; and met with the presidents, health ministers, and Ebola leadership of each country. He described the situation as both inspiring and sobering.

“It is inspiring to see how much better the response has become in the past two months, how much international commitment there is, and, most importantly, how hard people from each of the three countries are working to stop Ebola,” Dr. Frieden said. “But it is sobering that Ebola continues to spread rapidly in Sierra Leone and that in parts of Monrovia and Conakry Ebola is spreading unabated. Improvements in contact tracing are urgently needed.” 

At a telebriefing held to discuss the results of his trip to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Dr. Frieden described progress in some areas but continued growth in Ebola cases in other areas. Lingering unmet needs throughout the region continue to challenge response

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Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

Alpha Conde, pictured on November 26, 2014 at the presidential palace in Conakry, says Islamic extremism …

Paris (AFP) - Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram.

Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on December 14, in a chillingly similar event to the April abduction in Chibok of more than 200 school girls.

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US Ebola vaccine trial reports positive results

A related vaccine is due to be tested in West Africa in 2015.

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A volunteer receives Ebola vaccine at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, UK, on 17 September.

An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus seems to be safe and commands a strong immune response against the virus, according to tests in 20 healthy people in the United States. The results of the phase 1 trial are published in the New England Journal of Medicine1.

“All in all, I would say it was a successful phase 1 study,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of 

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Russian An-124 Aircraft With Mobile Clinic Aboard Arrive in Guinea

Russian An-124 Aircraft With Mobile Clinic Aboard Arrive in Guinea

According to Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, the An-124 military transport aircraft have delivered more than 150 tons of medical equipment for the establishment of a field hospital in Guinea.

MOSCOW, November 16 (Sputnik) — Russian An-124 Ruslan aircraft with a field hospital and a stock of medicines on board have landed in the Conakry airport, Republic of Guinea, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

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Ebola and us: Why fear is something to fear itself

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A tale from Boccaccio's "Decameron", by John William Waterhouse (1916). Photo by Wikimedia Commons

As pandemics go, Ebola is a midget, but its potential for instilling panic could have economic ramifications for Israel and the developed world far in excess of its death toll.

By David Rosenberg

There's something about pandemics that brings out the medieval in many of us.

In the African countries that have been hardest by the Ebola virus, many people have resorted to pre-modern "solutions" like turning to witch doctors, hiding family members with


Ebola rather than taking them for treatment, and attacking clinics. They ignore the urgings of doctors and scientists to avoid contact with dead bodies at funerals, and thus infection spreads.

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The Poor and the Sick

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A health worker checks the temperature of a woman entering Mali from Guinea at the border in Kouremale, October 2, 2014. (Joe Penney / Courtesy Reuters)

What Cholera and Ebola Have in Common

The two deadliest outbreaks of this century can be traced to one thing: poverty. Cholera exploded in the Haitian countryside in October 2010, infecting more than 600,000 people and killing 8,600. Ebola surfaced this March in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of mid-October, more than 8,000 have been infected and 4,000 have died, almost exclusively in West Africa.

At first glance, the two outbreaks couldn’t be less similar. Cholera moves quickly but it is a nineteenth-century disease, easily thwarted by modern water treatment systems and health care. It ravaged Haiti, but it has not spread beyond the developing world. Ebola, on the other hand, moves slowly and is not as easily treated. Further, it has reached the United States, earning it near-obsessive attention in U.S. news. 

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Ebola may be gruesome but it’s not the biggest threat to Africa

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Children by a clean water supply in Mozambique

Malaria has killed 70 times more people this year – even though it’s very easy to prevent

Mystery diseases inspire a special terror in the West. Buried in our psyche lies the idea that a new Black Death will one day appear, shattering the medical protection we have built over the years. Horror films are made about killer viruses sweeping Britain but even they look mild compared to some of the hysteria emanating from the Government. 

A few years ago, the Department of Health warned that another pandemic is “inevitable” and predicted up to 750,000 British deaths. “Socioeconomic disruption will be massive,” it concluded. We are, apparently, just waiting for the next big virus to strike.

Perhaps this explains the panicky reaction to Ebola. It’s hardly a new disease, having emerged (and been defeated) several times before – but it has never been as big as it is now. It’s certainly gruesome, killing seven in 10 people it infects with symptoms including bleeding from the eyes and ears. There are 4,500 dead so far and there are fears 

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IFRC Ebola response in Guinea: explaining why we do, what we do

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Helena Humphrey told DW that much of the Red Cross work focuses on education and awareness

The WHO says Ebola cases are on the rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. DW spoke to the IFRC spokesperson for Ebola Response in West Africa, Helena Humphrey, about the daily fight against the deadly virus.

DW: What has been the public's response to the operation to stop the spread of Ebola?

Helena Humphrey: Everybody here knows why they are fighting against Ebola. When I have spoken to people in different villages, and I have asked them why they are fighting Ebola, they have all come back to me with convincing answers, but different answers. They said, to protect myself, to protect my family, and to protect you, people from western countries, so it does not spread further. They also said to 

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Ebola deflating hopes for 3 poor African economies

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, people do business at the Waterside local market in the center of Monrovia, Liberia. Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea,

WASHINGTON — Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus.

In addition to the human toll — more than 4,000 dead so far — the outbreak has paralyzed economic life. Across the Ebola zone, shops are closed, hotels vacant, flights cancelled, fields untended, investments on hold.

In Conakry, capital of Guinea, stray dogs, goats and sheep are plopping down next to empty stalls in street markets devoid of shoppers.

About the only things people want to buy are products meant to guard against Ebola — antiseptic gels and devices that attach to faucets and add chlorine to the water.

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Guinea: Donka Ebola treatment centre in Conakry stretched to the limit

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Tike, 9 years old, together with his elder sister Miatta and younger brother Jina sent by ambulance to MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Loene. Both their parents already died of Ebola.

Conakry – the first major city to be affected by the West Africa Ebola outbreak – is currently seeing a massive spike in cases. In July, case numbers appeared to decrease in Guinea, suggesting the end of the outbreak might be near.


But MSF is now caring for more than 120 patients – of whom 85 are confirmed to have the virus – in its two case management facilities in the country, Conakry and Guéckédou.

The Donka Ebola management centre, situated inside the Ministry of Health hospital complex in Conakry, has been particularly badly affected. The facility admitted 22 patients in one day (6 October), 18 of them coming from Coyah region, 50 kilometres east of Conakry.


There are now 62 patients in the Donka center, which has 60 beds and is currently being expanded with 14 more. This would appear to confirm fears of a massive hike in cases in 

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The surprising Ebola connection to chocolate

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Gambi Gbanble harvests a pod of cocoa beans from his plantation near the village of Baba, in the southern rainforests of Ivory Coast, May 30, 1998. (AP)

Just when you thought you knew all the consequences of the Ebola pandemic, here’s another one: it could affect the supply of chocolate.  Of course that doesn’t rise to the seriousness of illness and death, but it does show how much Ebola affects trade and production.

An estimated 70% of the world’s cocoa beans come from the West African countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer, exporting 37.8% of the world’s cocoa, according to the Wall Street Journal. (In fact, Ivory Coast just posted a record harvest and the government increased its minimum price to farmers.)

As with other crops and minerals in Africa, there are human 

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Tabaski rams bought in Paris, eaten in Dakar

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Rams waiting to be bought These sheep need no passports to cross borders - it's a Tabaski free for all.

Tabaski rams bought in Paris, eaten in Dakar

By Fiona Graham

Technology of business reporter, BBC News, Dakar, Senegal

Counting sheep: Across Senegal's capital, Dakar, rams crowd streets and parks destined to be sacrificed for Tabaski

"It's a party, it's joy, you know. We go to mosque in beautiful new clothes, the women prepare the sauce, the meat, we eat together at home and with our neighbours. It's really marvellous."

Abdulaziz Nder sells sheep. More particularly, once a year he takes sheep into the centre of Dakar, a vibrant, sun-drenched city of eight million inhabitants, where he will spend several 

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Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

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An Ivorian health worker screens international travelers at the Felix Houphouet Boigny International airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Legnan Koula/European Pressphoto Agency)

Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

By Abby Phillip October 2 at 3:33 PM

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Now that a man in the United States has been diagnosed with Ebola, some are asking why we haven't stopped allowing people traveling from West Africa into our airports.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient currently being treated in the Dallas area, boarded a flight from Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Texas on Sept. 20. United Airlines said Wednesday that it was told by the CDC that Duncan had used the airline to travel from Brussels to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., before flying from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth.

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The West ignores the stories of Africans in the middle of the Ebola outbreak

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A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba/AP)

It wasn’t surprising that Western journalists would react with doom-and-gloom when the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa. Or that the crisis would not be treated as a problem confronting all humanity — a force majeure — but as one of “those diseases” that afflict “those people” over there in Africa.


Most Western media immediately fell into fear-mongering. Rarely did they tell the stories of Africans who survived Ebola, or meaningfully explore what it means to see your child or parent or other family member or friend be stricken with the disease.


Where are the stories of the wrenching decisions of families forced to abandon loved ones or the bravery required to simply live as a human in conditions where everyone walks on the edge of suspicion?

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Ebola outbreak: Health team 'found dead' in Guinea

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Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance of health workers trying to combat Ebola

Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. 


They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.


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Obama Plans Major Ebola Offensive

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Volunteers in Centennial, Colo., load medical supplies last week bound for Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. Associated Press

More Doctors, Supplies and Portable Hospitals Planned for Africa


Sept. 14, 2014 7:41 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said.

Mr. Obama is expected to detail the plan during a visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, these people said. Among the possible moves: sending additional portable hospitals, doctors and health-care experts, providing medical supplies and conducting training for health workers in Liberia and other countries.

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SA spooks fixed Guinea poll

Top politicians and businessmen have been cited in a US court case over disputed mining rights in Guinea.

Claims festering for two years that South African business and ­intelligence interests rigged elections in Guinea have burst into the open in a New York court battle over the Eldorado of iron mining.


At stake is the ore mass that is the Simandou mountain range in the West African country’s forested south, thought to be the world’s richest iron deposit.


In a court filing last week, mining dynast Beny Steinmetz named 83 individuals and companies – key among them 

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Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

By Boubacar Diallo and Sarah DiLorenzo of The Associated Press 

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:38 am

CONAKRY, Guinea — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.

The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. So they packed up, leaving a handful of staff on stand-by. The outbreak was showing signs of slowing elsewhere as well.

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Nearly 60 wounded in Guinea Ebola riots, local government says

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Health workers take off their protective suits as they finish their shifts at the Pita hospital in Guinea Photo: AFP

At least 55 hurt after clashes between protesters and security forces in Guinea's second-largest city - at the epicentre of West African Ebola outbreak

Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the West African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government said on Saturday.

A curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, after two days of protests Thursday and Friday by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant.

Regional governor Lancei Conde said at least 27 law enforcement officers forces were among the wounded.

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Cause of Ebola Outbreak poss. due to funeral in Guinea

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Since the West African outbreak started in March, at least 1,552 have died

The May funeral of a healer in Guinea may have caused the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone at a time when experts hoped the disease was under control, according to a new study.

By touching or washing the body in preparation for the ceremony, more than a dozen women contracted the deadly virus and spread it in Sierra Leone. The disease then exploded in the country, according to new DNA mapping of Ebola by a team of 50 scientists – five of whom died of the disease while fighting the outbreak.

Health researcher Stephen Gire, who was part of the team which mapped the outbreak, told reporters: “You had this huge burst after it looked like the outbreak was starting to die down,”

“It sort of threw a wrench in the response,” he added.

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If They Survive in the Ebola Ward, They Work On

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Josephine Finda Sellu, deputy nurse matron at a government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, where 15 Ebola nurses have died. Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

KENEMA, Sierra Leone — The best defense against despair was to keep working. Many times, that choice was far from obvious: Josephine Finda Sellu lost 15 of her nurses to Ebola in rapid succession and thought about quitting herself.

She did not. 

Ms. Sellu, the deputy nurse matron, is a rare survivor who never stopped toiling at the government hospital here, Sierra Leone’s biggest death trap for the virus during the dark months of June and July. Hers is a select club, consisting of perhaps three women on the original Ebola nursing staff who did not become infected, who watched their colleagues die, and who are still carrying on.

“There is a need for me to be around,” said Ms. Sellu, 42, who oversees the Ebola nurses. “I am a senior. All the junior nurses 

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CDC: 3 to 6 months may be needed to stem Ebola in West Africa

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Ebola virus disease (EVD)

By Ben Brumfield and Jacque Wilson, CNN

July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)

Source: CNN



NEW: CDC issues warning issues warning against "nonessential" travel to affected countries

NEW: It could take three to six months to stem the epidemic, CDC says

• Ebola hemorrhagic fever believed to have killed 729, WHO says

• Some humanitarian organizations are leaving the region to protect their own


(CNN) -- Nancy Writebol fought for her life against Ebola hemorrhagic fever on Thursday. While she did, the virus that befell the American missionary in Liberia as she worked to save its victims continued on a rampage through West Africa.


It is believed to have killed 729 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria from

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34 Killed in Stampede at Guinea Concert Marking End of Ramadan

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Debris lay strewn across the beach in the aftermath of the stampede

July 30, 2014 12:17 AM


At least 34 people were killed in a stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital, the French news agency AFP reported.


A statement released by the president of Guinea declared a week of mourning after the deadly stampede, calling the incident a "tragic drama."


The French news agency AFP said the stampede Tuesday at a beach in Conakry's Ratoma neighborhood left 24 people dead.

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Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 30, 2014



FREETOWN Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:31pm EDT


(Reuters) - A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said.


Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 450 people in the country.


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WHO opens Ebola response centre in Guinea

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Conakry (Guinea), July 26 (IANS/WAM) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in here after continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.


"The centre will allow monitoring in real-time of the activities to fight the epidemic, in collaboration with the national committees and the teams deployed on the ground," said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Gomes Sambo.

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Nigeria Death Shows Ebola Can Spread by Air Travel

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Jul 26, 2014, 3:31 PM ET

By HEATHER MURDOCK Associated Press


Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.


The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak inspection of passengers and the fact Ebola's symptoms are similar to other diseases.

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Ebola: a survivor’s story from Guinea

Kadiatou holds up the certificate declaring her healthy status.
Kadiatou holds up the certificate declaring her healthy status.

Kadiatou’s was one of the earliest cases of Ebola in the country.


Shortly after the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, when it seemed like bad news was the only news, UNICEF’s office in Guinea started to receive reports of something that seemed almost impossible given the climate. Ebola victims were being released from the hospital, completely recovered. They were healthy and even given certificates signed by health authorities stating that they could safely return to normal life.


We knew that there would be a few survivors, but the initial days of the outbreak were grim enough to turn most optimists into cynics. Talk of very high mortality rates; a rapid spread of the virus to the capital and beyond the borders in neighboring countries; and a palpable

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Sierra Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

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For most of us in the United States, the Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa seems far away.


Since March 21, Ebola has killed 632 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization, making it the largest outbreak ever of the deadly virus.


For those of us in the medical community, the virus hit closer to home with the news this week that the chief doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone himself became an Ebola patient; three nurses who work with him have died from Ebola this week. Although the

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‘There is no such thing as Ebola’

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Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on June 25, 2014. (Umaru Fofana/Reuters)

“I don’t believe in Ebola,” Craig Manning’s local driver told him as he chauffeured the viral emergency specialist through Freetown, Sierra Leone, where infection rates are rising. The man came from a rural part of the country where people were already dying from the virus. He was adamant, like many others in his community, that “there is no such thing as Ebola.”


He is wrong. The epidemic, the deadliest on record, continues to batter Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, with 85 new cases and 68 new deaths reported in only four days earlier this month, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sierra Leone bore the brunt of new infections and deaths, with 49 new cases and 52 deaths reported. The total number of cases stands at 982, with 613 deaths as of July 17.


Yet, as the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, so do the rumors. Some say you can contract Ebola from a motorcycle helmet. Others say you can cure the deadly virus by

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An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

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Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.


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Saidu Kanneh speaks to the community in Koindu, Sierra Leone, about surviving Ebola. He spent 12 days in a treatment center and was released this week.


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Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa

NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. When we spoke Friday, he had an inspirational story to share.

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WHO can’t fully deal with Ebola outbreak, health official warns

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Marianne LeVine


WASHINGTON — International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


"The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody's interest," Scott Dowell, director

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A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad

Naima Abdullahi runs a support group for victims of genital cutting. She was cut at age 9.

ATLANTA — Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali descent fled her parents’ home in a suburb here after she discovered that a coming vacation to Somalia would include a sacred rite of passage: the cutting of her genitalia. In Guinea, a New Yorker escaped to the American Embassy after an aunt told her that her family trip would involve genital cutting. And in Seattle, at least one physician said parents had sent girls back to Somalia to undergo cutting.


Immigrant parents from African and other nations have long sent their daughters back to their ancestral homes for the summer, a trip intended to help them connect with their families and traditions.


During their stays, some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to

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West Africa states adopt new Ebola strategy

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At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization

Health ministers commit to better surveillance and increased local collaboration and engagement with global partners.


At least 467 people have died of the virus since February, according to the World Health Organization.


West African countries and international health organizations adopted a fresh strategy to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed hundreds of people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


At a two-day meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, officials committed to better surveillance to detect cases of the virus, enhance cross-border collaboration, better

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A look at how West Africa is combating Ebola

A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.
A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF's sensitization campaign at the Mission for Today Holy Church, in Newkru Town, Monrovia, Liberia, on June 22, 2014.

The World Health Organization says there is an "urgent need" to coordinate the response across the borders and is convening a meeting in Accra, Ghana on July 1 with the three countries involved as well as other nations that experienced outbreaks in the past.

There is no cure for the deadly disease caused by the Ebola virus which has an incubation period of two to 21 days and starts with fever and fatigue before descending into headaches, vomiting, violent diarrhea and then multiple organ failure and massive internal bleeding.

Ebola was first reported in 1976 in Congo and is named for the river where it was recognized. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected

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Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

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(CNN) -- The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.


"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.

There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.


In April, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to report on what was being done to treat patients and contain the outbreak.

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$50mil to Revamp Electricity Sector in Guinea

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The electricity sector in Guinea is getting a $50 million (£29.5m) boost which is expected to benefit around 1.5 million people in the West African nation.


The cash will be used for the Power Sector Recovery Project, which will help improve the “technical and commercial performance” of the national power utility, the Electricite de Guinee (EDG).

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Guinean President donates tractors to farmers

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Alpha Conde

President Alpha Conde of Guinea has offered 24 tractors and 75 motorized pumps to a group of young farmers from 26 settlements in the country.


President Conde said the donation was intended to reduce rural exodus and explained that in three years, government has invested 70 billion CFA francs in agriculture.


The donation falls within the framework of a program dubbed “Hope for Young Farmers in Guinea,†in the form of a revolving credit by the Youth Ministry.


According to the Minister of Youth, Moustapha Naite, the project will generate over 20,000 jobs in the rural area.

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Over 1 Million in Guinea Get Meningitis Vaccine


VoA - News Tuesday 17th June, 2014


DAKAR, SENEGAL - More than 1.1 million people have been successfully vaccinated against meningitis in eastern Guinea, according to the country's Ministry of Health, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Health workers in Guinea say the mass vaccination campaign could help stop a deadly outbreak of meningitis, which has claimed at least 52 lives since the first cases were reported in January.


The country had an estimated 400 suspected cases last year, according to the WHO.

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Guinea opposition pulls out of parliament, threatening protests

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Protests Guinea

(Reuters) - Guinea's main opposition parties withdrew from parliament on Monday and threatened to hold street protests over delays in organizing local elections promised in a political deal with the government last year. Mineral-rich Guinea completed its transition to civilian rule with parliamentary elections last year but tensions run deep between the rival camps and protests frequently turn violent.


Although many in the political class have already turned their attention to 2015 elections in which President Alpha Conde is expected to seek a second term, local elections were due to be held early this year, according to the deal signed between rival parties in 2013.

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Alpha Conde moots ruling party restructuring

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Alpha Conde

Guinean president, Alpha Conde has underlined the need for his ruling Rally of the Guinean People (RPG-Rainbow) to undergo massive restructuring ahead of the next elections.
Conde said this is to address the lack of confidence between its leadership and the grassroots.


Speaking on the sidelines of the party’s weekly traditional meeting held at Hamdallaye, President Conde pointed out that he was not dishing out instructions but taking stock of the situation surrounding the rainbow coalition.


There is a crisis of confidence between the sympathizers and the officials. And let me be clear, when members of the party want their leaders changed it simply means that the latter are not workingâ€, the Guinean leader pointed out.

Conde said the party which won 53 seats out of the 114 up for grabs during the last legislative polls, is presently undermined by “lies and lack of confidence.

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Senegal re-opens border with Guinea as Ebola threat eases

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Health workers wearing protective suits walk in an isolation center for people infected with Ebola at Donka Hospital in Conakry on April 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Cellou Binani)

DAKAR May 6 (Reuters) - Senegal reopened its border with Guinea on Tuesday, over a month after it sealed land crossings with its southern neighbour to try to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea.


The move comes days after Guinea's President Alpha Conde said the 4-month outbreak - which has spread from Guinea's remote southeast to the capital, Conakry, and also into neighbouring Liberia - was under control.


"Border crossings with Guinea have been open since 8 a.m. this morning," Mbaye Sadi Diop, an advisor in Senegal's interior ministry, told Reuters on Tuesday.


The threat of the virus has put a string of weak national health systems under strain across the region and governments said it posed a threat to national security.

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Guinea Opposition Says Stability Hangs on Transparency in Vote

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Voting in Guinea

By Jesse Riseborough and Pauline Bax


Guinea’s leading opposition politician, Cellou Dalein Diallo, said the country’s stability will hinge on the transparency of a 2015 presidential election, in which he plans to run against President Alpha Conde.


The head of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea said in a May 2 interview in London that he has enough support to win the vote and warned that any attempt to rig the ballot may result in violence. Diallo challenged the outcome of the 2010 presidential election in court and also rejected the results of a legislative ballot last year.

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Guinea reports six more Ebola cases


Guinea's health ministry has reported six more cases in the country's Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, lifting the total to 224, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update yesterday.


So far, of 202 patients tested, 121 have been lab confirmed, the agency said. Two more deaths have been reported, pushing that number to 143, an increase of 2 since the WHO's previous update on Apr 25.

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Guinea Ebola Cases in Decline


CAPE TOWN – Although fewer cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are being reported in Guinea the outbreak is still being treated as an epidemic, Doctors Without Borders said on Tuesday.


According to the health ministry’s latest figures, more than 140 people have died in Guinea and Liberia.


Ebola spread to Conakry in March , a city of some two million people, signalling an escalation of the outbreak in one of the world’s poorest nations.


Doctors Without Borders Guinea spokesperson Sam Taylor says the infection rate appears to be slowing down.

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