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'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision
The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations
The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond
As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'
The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths
(UPDATED) WHO will hold an emergency meeting Friday, June 14, to determine whether to declare the outbreak 'a public health emergency of international concern'
The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo
There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'
Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.
The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials
'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme
Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.
The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people
The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says there are no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days
The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president
A health official says the patient, who lives in Sweden, returned from a trip to Burundi 3 weeks ago but was not known to have visited an Ebola-contaminated area
'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official
The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president
The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients
Government has decided to make treatment free in Beni, Mabalako-Mangina, and Oicha for 3 months starting August 20
World Health Organization says it 'expects more cases'
It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease
'On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilized but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom
The current Ebola outbreak is still on a low scale compared with a 3-nation epidemic that occurred between 2013-15 but has stirred wide concern
DR Congo and the World Health Organization are rushing to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in recent weeks, with 25 dead
In Geneva, African health officials say they are preparing to send anthropologists to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help with an Ebola vaccination campaign
So far, there have been 51 cases since the outbreak was declared on May 8, says the DRC health ministry
Since the outbreak was announced on May 8, there have been 49 cases, comprising 22 confirmed by laboratory tests, 21 probable and six suspected, says the Congo health ministry
The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'
Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others
(UPDATED) The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometers from the city
The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine
Africa is the world's largest producer of cassava, accounting for 57% of a crop that some 800 million people around the world rely on
AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage
There is no licensed vaccine for the Ebola virus but the World Health Organization says a promising candidate vaccine exists and could be deployed within a matter of days if the DR Congo government gave its approval
The vaccine is given orally the developers say which means it can be put into food bait and left out for the animals to eat easier and less traumatic than darting
The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission
If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process
The new French funded Institut Pasteur in Conakry will conduct research train scientists and test for some of the world s deadliest diseases
UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases
The new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility PEF covers outbreaks of several classes of infectious diseases most at risk for epidemics
The alert comes after the World Health Organization confirmed a link between a fatality in Liberia months after it was declared Ebola free and new cases in its neighbor Guinea
The WHO confirms it is aware of the case tweeting: A new case of Ebola is confirmed in Liberia Investigation and EbolaResponse now underway
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UPDATED The World Health Organization believes the remaining isolated cases in affected countries can be contained
The announcement comes on the same day that the World Health Organization said the latest flare up of Ebola in neighboring Sierra Leone had officially ended
UPDATED The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries
The exports fall by 20 as the Ebola virus prevents miners from going into fields