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.
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.
November 25, 2000 |
More than 100 Ugandans who may have come into contact with the Ebola virus, which has has killed at least 129 people in Uganda in recent weeks, have been expelled, the Kenyan Health Ministry said Friday. The 137 Ugandans were in Kenya as delegates to a conference on regional security. They were put on buses, and police escorted them across the border Friday, said Amukowa Anangwe, Kenya's minister of health services. "Let me be very emphatic that none of the delegates here . . .
November 13, 2000 |
Despite efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, a case of the deadly virus has been confirmed in a third district, a health official said Sunday. The new case was found in Masindi, 112 miles northwest of Kampala, the capital, said Francis Omaswa, director-general of Uganda's health services. Another Ebola victim died in Gulu, 225 miles north of the capital, where the outbreak was first confirmed Oct. 14, he said. That brings the death toll in the outbreak to 106.
November 10, 2000 |
Ugandan health officials said an outbreak of Ebola that has killed 100 people is contained to two areas but that the death toll will increase as infected people die. Authorities had hoped to keep the disease in Gulu, where the outbreak was first reported in mid-October. Gulu is about 225 miles north of the capital, Kampala. But last week, experts confirmed that a Ugandan soldier who had visited Gulu died of the disease in Mbarara in the south.
October 21, 2000 |
International health workers set about taming a deadly Ebola outbreak in northern Uganda, hoping to end new cases within a month. The highly contagious virus has killed 47 people and infected as many as 75 others in the Gulu area, 225 miles north of the capital, Kampala. Experts from the World Health Organization, the U.S.