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Confronting Ebola

The worst Ebola outbreak on record was first detected in Guinea in March 2014 and spread to six countries, including the U.S.  There is no vaccine or cure for the deadly virus, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of symptomatic patients.

 

  • Ebola returns to Liberia: Tests confirm a teenager died of the virus

    Ebola returns to Liberia: Tests confirm a teenager died of the virus

    Authorities in Liberia confirmed Tuesday that a teenager had died of Ebola, raising fears that the West African country could face a new outbreak nearly two months after it was declared free of the virus. The body of a 17-year-old boy was tested Sunday and found to be positive for Ebola, Deputy...

  • New Ebola cases frustrate hopes of defeating the virus in Sierra Leone

    New Ebola cases frustrate hopes of defeating the virus in Sierra Leone

    Two new Ebola cases have been identified in Sierra Leone's capital in recent days, frustrating hopes that the deadly virus may have been defeated there. The announcement by the country’s National Ebola Response Center followed a resurgence of cases in the northeast of the country, where President...

  • Cases of Ebola recede in West Africa, but fears of recurrence remain

    Cases of Ebola recede in West Africa, but fears of recurrence remain

    Ebola, which wiped out families, orphaned children and devastated West African economies, is finally retreating more than 18 months after the epidemic began, with Sierra Leona expected to be free of the disease in the coming months and a United Nations emergency response center due to shut down....

  • Drugs to fight Ebola may already be in your medicine cabinet, study suggests

    Drugs to fight Ebola may already be in your medicine cabinet, study suggests

    Researchers have found two drugs that saved the lives of mice infected with the deadly Ebola virus, and you may have them in your medicine cabinet already. Zoloft, an antidepressant that has been on the market since 1991, cured 70% of mice that had the virus in their blood. Vascor, a heart drug...

  • Study shows Ebola virus in Sierra Leone mutated at a normal rate

    Study shows Ebola virus in Sierra Leone mutated at a normal rate

    A new genetic analysis of the Ebola virus suggests that it has evolved considerably since its introduction into Sierra Leone in 2014 -- but that its rate of change has been similar to that observed in earlier outbreaks. The report, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, described 175 complete...

  • Liberia declared Ebola free, though risks remain, WHO warns

    Liberia declared Ebola free, though risks remain, WHO warns

    Just over 13 months since Liberia’s first case of Ebola, the West African nation Saturday was declared free of the deadly disease, 42 days after the burial of the last fatal victim on March 28. In the world’s worst outbreak since Ebola’s discovery in 1976, more people were killed in Liberia than...

  • Side effects temporarily halted Ebola vaccine safety trial

    Side effects temporarily halted Ebola vaccine safety trial

    Human safety tests on a promising experimental Ebola vaccine were halted temporarily when some subjects experienced arthritis or joint pain for a period of roughly a week to several months, according to researchers. The drug, VSV-ZEBOV, is one of two top candidate vaccines that were rushed into...

  • Ebola virus not mutating as quickly as feared

    Ebola virus not mutating as quickly as feared

    Throughout the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, health officials have feared that widespread transmission would give rise to an even more virulent and contagious form of the virus. However, new research published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that the virus is undergoing only limited mutational...

  • Ebola's lingering pain: Liberians rue use of cremation

    Ebola's lingering pain: Liberians rue use of cremation

    In Liberia, they call it Decoration Day, a time of pain, celebration and memory when people visit graveyards to honor their dead, cleaning the graves, whitewashing them or painting them in bright colors. But Wednesday, the first Decoration Day since the main brunt of the recent Ebola epidemic hit...

  • New Ebola cases are declining: Why that's bad news for a cure

    New Ebola cases are declining: Why that's bad news for a cure

    After killing at least 9,936 people and infecting more than 24,202, the Ebola epidemic appears to be running out of steam. And for some medical researchers, this hard-won progress poses a problem. The Ebola virus has retreated so dramatically in recent months that it may be too late to determine...

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