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Mali isolates nurses amid alarm after first Ebola case

24 October 2014, 21:26

Nurses and other people who have come into contact with the first Ebola patient in Mali were isolated as concerns mounted that the epidemic could take hold in the country.

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Woman dies after eating death cap mushroom

24 October 2014, 20:25

A woman has died after eating a highly poisonous death cap mushroom that she cooked for a romantic meal with her husband.

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European stocks drop on Ebola, bank tests

24 October 2014, 20:25

European stock markets slumped on concerns over New York's first Ebola case, looming eurozone bank stress test results, and news of a British economic slowdown.

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5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

24 October 2014, 19:27

The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested.

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With Ebola fear high, African immigrants face ostracism

24 October 2014, 18:30

When Zuru Pewu picked up her 4-year-old son, Micah, from kindergarten at a Staten Island, New York, public school recently, a woman pointed at her in front of about 30 parents.

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WHO expects 200,000 Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015

24 October 2014, 18:28

The World Health Organization set out plans for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

24 October 2014, 17:02

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it.

Cameron: EU secures $1.25 billion for Ebola fight

24 October 2014, 15:21

British PM Cameron says EU and member states secure $1.25 billion in aid to fight Ebola

WHO sending Ebola experts to Mali, 43 people monitored for virus

24 October 2014, 14:19

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was sending experts to help Mali fight Ebola, a day after the first case of the disease was confirmed there.

Ivory Coast launches manhunt for Ebola suspect

24 October 2014, 13:16

The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.

Ebola: Official cites 'epidemic of fear' in US

24 October 2014, 12:14

The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the US is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.

'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight

24 October 2014, 10:04

A little-known Japanese company has donated 10 000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City.

Obama offers federal help to NY with Ebola case

24 October 2014, 10:04

President Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case.

Mayor reassures New Yorkers after doctor gets Ebola

24 October 2014, 10:04

New York's mayor has reassured residents they are safe to travel around the city, even though a doctor who tested positive for Ebola had recently used subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley.

Women, kids caught in deadly fire-fight near Tunis

24 October 2014, 08:58

Women and children have been caught up in a police siege near the Tunisian capital, with “terrorists” killing one officer in a fire-fight, ahead of elections that have sparked fears of jihadist attacks.

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola

24 October 2014, 08:58

As a New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola after volunteering in West Africa, health officials face the challenge of deciding how wide a net to cast for his possible contacts in the largest, most crowded city in the US.

Ebola survivors' serum testing to start

24 October 2014, 08:05

Scientists will start testing whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors can help infected patients fight off the deadly disease in a clinical trial.

South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war

24 October 2014, 08:05

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.

Toddler tests positive in first case of Ebola in Mali

24 October 2014, 08:05

Mali's health ministry says the country has its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl, who had recently been in Guinea, tested positive for the virus.

Teacher involved in sex romp with student on her first day

23 October 2014, 22:25

A substitute teacher had sex with one of her students on her first day of work.

Woman finds hairy object in her vinegar

23 October 2014, 22:25

A 29-year-old woman found something hairy with a head inside her bottle of vinegar she had bought from a store a month earlier.

Experts to test if survivors' serum can help Ebola patients

23 October 2014, 21:26

Scientists will start testing whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors can help infected patients fight off the deadly disease.

WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola

23 October 2014, 20:27

Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments.

Ebola still of 'great concern' in west Africa

23 October 2014, 19:33

Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns about the worsening epidemic in West Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000.

Ebola-hit Liberia unveils strict border checks

23 October 2014, 18:32

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced strict checks on Liberia's borders with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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