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Ebola: one year on

Laura Goodall posted in on March 23rd, 2015.

Exactly a year ago, on 23 March 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that there was a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola in Guinea. Today, although the majority of cases are being brought under control, the disease is still affecting West African communities. Other countries are also continuing to take extra precautions in diagnosing and […]

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Ebola becoming airborne – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 3rd, 2014.

Media coverage around the continuing Ebola outbreak has questioned whether or not the virus could in future change its mode of transmission to become airborne, though this is thought to be unlikely. The coverage follows news of the first imported case of Ebola in the United States, where a man from Liberia was admitted to a hospital […]

First case of Ebola in United States – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 2nd, 2014.

The first imported case of Ebola in the US has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorities are monitoring at least five schoolchildren who came into contact with the patient after he became sick and infectious. The patient came to the United States from Liberia on 20 September aboard a commercial […]

Ebola screening at NZ airports – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2014.

Screening of at-risk passengers will begin at airports as part of increased efforts to prevent Ebola reaching New Zealand undetected, the Ministry of Health has announced. The Ministry of Health website cautions: “The risk of a traveller arriving in New Zealand with Ebola virus disease (EVD) remains very low. “However, travellers arriving in New Zealand […]

WHO meeting to address growing Ebola outbreak

Laura Goodall posted in on August 6th, 2014.

As the number of cases of Ebola in West Africa continues to rise, the World Health Organization (WHO) plans to hold a two-day meeting of its emergency committee looking at whether the current outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern. The latest update from the WHO estimates that as of 1 August 2014, the cumulative number […]

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