Possible Ebola patient released from Nebraska hospital
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American being monitored at a Nebraska medical center for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus has been released from the hospital, having shown no signs of the disease.
The Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha said in a news release that the patient left the hospital Saturday morning after completing a required 21-day monitoring period.
Sweden: No Ebola virus detected in hospital patient
HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish health officials say a suspected Ebola case reported by a hospital has turned out to be a false alarm with tests carried out on the unidentified patient showing no signs of the deadly virus.
Medical authorities said late Friday that the young male patient was admitted to an isolated emergency ward at a hospital in Enkoping, northwest of Stockholm, with symptoms including blood in his vomit and stools.
Swedish hospital isolates patient amid Ebola suspicion
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A suspected case of the deadly Ebola virus has been reported by a Swedish hospital, officials said Friday, adding the patient has been isolated.
Region Uppsala, which oversees several hospitals and medical clinics north of Stockholm, says a test had been carried out on the patient, who was not identified, adding a result would be available late Friday.
AP Explains: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rich in the minerals that power the world's mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.
Nebraska center monitors person for possible Ebola exposure
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American who was providing medical assistance in Congo may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus and is being monitored at a Nebraska medical center.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure area that is not accessible to other patients or the public. Spokesman Taylor Wilson says the person arrived Saturday afternoon.
The Latest: Aid group suspends Ebola work in Congo protests
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
The International Rescue Committee says it is forced to suspend its work in Congo's Ebola virus outbreak because of election-related protests, and it accuses the country's electoral commission of politicizing a serious health crisis.
Protests as Congo leader warns of Ebola election ‘disaster’
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's leader is blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million voters from Sunday's long-delayed presidential election, claiming it would be a "disaster" if someone infects hundreds of people. Protests exploded again on Friday in response as health workers suspended efforts and warned that new cases could sharply rise.
Congo delays Sunday’s election for months in Ebola zone
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's already long-delayed election set for Sunday will be postponed for months in certain communities where a deadly Ebola virus outbreak has infected hundreds of people, the electoral commission announced Wednesday. Some in the opposition called it a ploy to hurt their chances at the polls, with more than 1 million voters affected.
Congo: Ebola outbreak ‘certainly’ to last 3-4 months more
BENI, Congo (AP) — The second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is "certainly" expected to continue for another three or four months, Congo's health minister said Thursday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Health Minister Oly Ilunga also sought to calm concerns days ahead of a presidential election in which millions of people will use touch-screen voting machines. The deadly Ebola virus is spread via infected bodily fluids, so some worry they may pick it up from the screens.
Uganda, at ‘big risk’ for Ebola, says Congo is managing well
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is at "big risk" of the spread of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak from neighboring Congo, a senior health official said Thursday, even as he said the situation is "being handled well" there.
Uganda's director of health services, Henry Mwebesa, spoke to The Associated Press a day after the World Health Organization said Congo's outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but called for an "intensified" response.
AP Explains: Why Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak is worrying
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has announced that Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is not yet considered a global health emergency. Some aid groups expressed alarm when the rate of new cases more than doubled this month. With the area compared to a war zone, resistance to health workers sometimes turning violent and confirmed cases found near the heavily traveled Ugandan border, the risk of regional spread is "very high."
UN calls for end to Congo fighting to combat Ebola outbreak
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for an immediate end to hostilities by all armed groups in northeastern Congo to combat a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Council members stressed the urgency of getting medical teams to the affected areas quickly "because the disease can spread rapidly, including to neighboring countries, possibly impacting regional stability."
Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo now ‘very high,’ WHO says
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now "very high" after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border, the World Health Organization says.
The outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in northeastern Congo is now larger than the previous one in the northwest and more complicated to contain because of a dense, highly mobile population and a rebel threat so serious that some health workers say they're operating in a war zone.
Congo: 2 who received experimental Ebola treatment recover
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry says two of the first 10 people to receive an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus in the latest outbreak have recovered, and monitoring could show what role the treatment played.
The head of the World Health Organization on Saturday congratulated Congo's government for making several experimental treatments available in this Ebola outbreak, calling it "a global first, and a ray of hope for people with the disease."
Congo approves 4 experimental Ebola treatments in outbreak
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo has approved the use of four more experimental treatments in the Ebola virus outbreak in its northeast, as health officials try to contain the spread amid the threat from armed groups in the region.
Congo’s latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says
BENI, Congo (AP) — Armed groups, dense populations and mass displacement make Congo's latest deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus more challenging than ever to contain, the World Health Organization's chief said Friday.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke after vaccinations began this week, with support from a U.N. peacekeeping mission, in Congo's restive northeast where multiple rebel groups pose a threat and a heavily traveled border with Uganda is nearby.
BENI, Congo (AP) — The deadly Ebola virus has killed at least nine people in Congo's latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country's health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said vaccinations could begin as early as Wednesday.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The number of confirmed cases in Congo's new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday.
The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as the region is a "war zone" with several active armed groups and thousands of displaced people.
BENI, Congo (AP) — Residents of northeastern Congo braced Friday amid a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as the World Health Organization said it hopes to know as early as Tuesday whether the strain is the one for which an experimental vaccine can be used.
Health officials have blocked off the village of Mangina, where four cases have been confirmed. The village is just 30 kilometers from the city of Beni and its more than 680,000 people.
Response to Congo’s new Ebola outbreak ‘highly complex’
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says the response to the new Ebola virus outbreak in Congo's North Kivu province will be "highly complex" given the armed unrest in the region.
Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, regional director for Africa, says the proximity to a city of more than 230,000 people and an international border also complicates the response.
Congo announces 4 new Ebola cases in country’s northeast
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — At least four new cases of the Ebola virus have emerged in Congo's northeast, just a week after an outbreak in the northwest was declared over, the country's health ministry said Wednesday.
There was no indication the two outbreaks, separated by more than 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles), are related, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga said in a statement.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials says a patient who became ill after visiting the Congo has tested negative for the Ebola virus.
The man arrived at Denver Health Medical Center on Sunday and was placed in an isolation unit as a precaution. Three people who also had contact with the patient were also isolated and the vehicle that transported the patient was quarantined.
The region of the Congo where the man visited has not had an Ebola case for more than 45 days.
Congo confirms end of latest deadly Ebola outbreak
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is over, the health ministry announced Tuesday, after a speedy response to limit its spread in remote rural areas and a city of more than 1 million people.
Health experts said the use of a still-experimental vaccine on more than 3,300 people was a major factor in containing the outbreak, Congo's ninth since the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in 1976.
LONDON (AP) — Former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa, the BBC reported Thursday.
MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that for the first time he's worried he won't be able to support his family.
White House drops plan to cut Ebola funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to revive a $15 billion plan to pare back spending that has languished on Capitol Hill, the White House on Tuesday dropped a proposal to cut $252 million in leftover funding to fight the Ebola virus in Africa.
The move came as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to pitch the package of spending cuts, which still faces an uphill struggle in Congress.
DRC Official Optimistic About Containing Ebola
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo's health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm.
The statement late Friday said the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was confirmed earlier in the week.
Sierra Leone hopes election can move nation past its misfortunes
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A deadly mudslide. A horrible Ebola virus that killed thousands. And a nation still in recovery from a civil war that killed more than 50,000 people.
A UW-Madison lab next month will start making an experimental Ebola virus vaccine for use in a clinical trial to start in Japan in December.
Dear Doctor: Can you settle an argument in our family? Ever since the Ebola virus hit the news, my aunt has been using antibacterial products for everything. She even had the kitchen walls coated with antibacterial paint! But from what we're learning in biology, that's not going to help against a virus. Who's right?
Scientists and researchers at RTI International are part of a growing multi-national commitment from "first responders" to fight a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa. The Triangle-based organization has boots on the ground already who are helping coordinate information and diseases response.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says Congo now faces 29 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier on Friday said the number includes two laboratory-confirmed deaths.
Officials announced the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever a week ago in a remote area of northern Congo.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization has identified two more suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus a day after declaring an outbreak in Congo.
The U.N. agency said Saturday there are now 11 suspected cases, including three reported deaths, in Likati in Congo's northern Bas-Uele Province. WHO said one death has tested positive for an Ebola strain seen in the country before.
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The skeletal remains of 27 people were all that was left of a massacre, one of many in this West African nation's back-to-back civil wars more than a decade ago. When the United Nations handed over the bones to the government last month, it was an invitation to investigate. Instead the remains were buried quickly, without ceremony, in a site intended for victims of the Ebola virus.
CoverGirl male model apologizes for Ebola comment
NEW YORK (AP) — The first male spokesperson for CoverGirl cosmetics is apologizing for saying he was scared to be traveling to Africa because he was afraid he'd get the Ebola virus.
Seventeen-year-old James Charles tweeted on the eve of a school trip to South Africa: "I can't believe we're going to Africa today omg what if we get Ebola?"
CoverGirl called Charles' Thursday tweet "inappropriate" and not representative of the brand.
Post-Ebola, West Africans flock back to bushmeat, with risk
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — As the deadly outbreak of Ebola has subsided, people in several West African countries are flocking to eat bushmeat again after restrictions were lifted on the consumption of wild animals like hedgehogs and cane rats. But some health experts call it a risky move.
Ivory Coast, which neighbors two of the three countries where Ebola killed more than 11,300 people since December 2013, lifted its ban on wild animal meat this month.
Ebola survivor to nurse students: “Be the best of the best”
ATLANTA (AP) — An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital says the 21 nurses involved "went far beyond the line of duty."
Nancy Writebol spoke Friday to nursing students on the school's campus just outside Atlanta, telling them to be compassionate and brave.
Writebol challenged students to "be the best of the best."
Missionary treated for Ebola to speak with nursing students
ATLANTA (AP) — An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta plans to speak to new nursing students there this week.
Nancy Writebol will share her experiences working with a missionary group in Liberia and being treated at Emory. Emory University's School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley says Friday's convocation welcomes incoming nursing students and faculty to the campus in Atlanta.