December 19, 2001 |
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Gabon's remote northeastern jungles appeared to be spreading as the death toll rose to 13. Health authorities have identified 19 suspected cases, World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva. That is three more than Monday, when the death toll stood at 12.
December 16, 2001
At least one more person has died of Ebola in the Central African nation of Gabon, bringing the death toll from an outbreak of the virus to 11, a World Health Organization spokesman said. Gregory Hartl, speaking by telephone from the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, said that three other people were known to be infected with the virus but that no other cases have been confirmed.
December 11, 2001 |
The government has cordoned off a remote forest village to stop an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that is believed to have killed at least 10 people in this equatorial African country, health authorities said Monday. "The zone is completely cordoned off," said Obame Edou, Gabon's assistant health director. "A team has left for the area today, and the government will not delay in releasing news on the epidemic."
December 10, 2001 |
An outbreak of fever in the equatorial African nation of Gabon has been confirmed as the deadly disease Ebola, the World Health Organization said Sunday. It is the first documented outbreak of Ebola since one last year in Uganda, where 224 people--including health workers--died from the virus, WHO said. Ebola is one of the most virulent viral diseases, causing death in 50% to 90% of all clinically ill patients. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said seven people have reportedly died in Gabon.
December 7, 2001 |
Medical experts from the World Health Organization flew to central Congo on Thursday to investigate the deaths of 17 people with Ebola-like symptoms, state radio said. The deaths began Nov. 17 in Dekese, a village about 450 miles east of Kinshasa, the capital, U.N. officials said. At least 30 people, including the 17 who died, exhibited symptoms similar to those associated with Ebola, said Auguy Ebeja, a physician with the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
February 8, 2001 |
A Congolese woman who arrived in Canada and fell ill does not have the Ebola virus as feared, and the danger of her sickness spreading is "minimal," health officials said after receiving test results. The woman's illness has alarmed some people since early this week, when doctors raised the possibility of Ebola and she was put into total isolation at Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. But health officials said at a news conference that she had tested negative for the deadly virus.
February 7, 2001 |
A woman who flew from Congo to Canada via the New York area is being tested for hemorrhagic viruses, including Ebola, after being hospitalized in Canada over the weekend with a mystery illness. The Congolese woman, who has not been identified, is being kept in isolation in a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, and has been slipping in and out of consciousness since Sunday, doctors say.
December 6, 2000 |
Dr. Matthew Lokwiya, who led the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, himself became a victim of the outbreak. Lokwiya, who was in his early 40s, was one of the first to recognize that patients being admitted to Lacor Hospital in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu were suffering from a form of viral hemorrhagic fever, later identified as Ebola. After weeks of treating patients--and being credited for keeping the death toll remarkably low--Lokwiya became a patient himself Thursday.
November 30, 2000 |
The Ebola virus--widely feared because of its horrifying symptoms and lethal nature--may be on the verge of being tamed. Federal researchers report in today's Nature that they have devised a vaccine that fully protects monkeys against the virus--the first proof that vaccination against Ebola is possible in primates and a major step toward development of a vaccine for humans.