May 25, 1995 |
The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire has risen to 108, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. A Swiss woman suspected of having the disease was identified as a news photographer sent to cover the story. Katja Snozzi, 48, returned from Zaire last week and was hospitalized with fever, one of the early symptoms of Ebola and other tropical diseases.
May 22, 1995 |
The death toll from the Ebola virus climbed to 101 on Sunday, and health workers said the epidemic may have started as long ago as December--three months earlier than previously thought. Medical workers scouring Kikwit, a city of 600,000 where the outbreak was previously believed to have started in mid-March, found hospital records linking the virus to a household of 12 people of whom seven died in December.
May 21, 1995 |
Another Italian nun based in the town of Kikwit in Zaire has contracted the deadly Ebola virus that has already killed five of her colleagues together with scores of local people, her order said Saturday. Father Arturo Bellini, a spokesman in Bergamo, Italy, for the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is based in Bergamo and specializes in medicine, identified the nun as Annelvira Ossoli.
May 19, 1995 |
A leading virologist criticized the government's response to the Ebola epidemic Thursday, saying that roadblocks and quarantines are a waste of valuable time in the race to contain the killer virus. Instead of putting more soldiers on the highway to prevent stricken people from traveling, more doctors and equipment should be sent to the disease's epicenter, said Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who helped identify the Ebola virus 19 years ago.
May 18, 1995 |
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has entered a new phase in Zaire, spreading to the community at large, doctors in this town at the center of the epidemic said Wednesday. "There are people dying in the city. . . . Now it is showing up among people in the community," said Dr. Mungala Kipasa, director of Kikwit General Hospital. Many of Mungala's best staff have been wiped out by the lethal virus, which kills 90% of its victims and for which there is no known vaccine or cure.
May 17, 1995 |
With the threat of the deadly Ebola virus looming over this capital of at least 4 million, doctors and nurses created a hospital isolation ward Tuesday for the city's first possible carriers. Officials have been struggling to contain the virus within the region surrounding Kikwit, a city of 600,000 where the outbreak began. Eighty-six people had died of the disease as of Tuesday.