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'Crime'demic in Congo: How WHO workers unleashed a sex for service norm during Ebola mission
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'Crime'demic in Congo: How WHO workers unleashed a sex for service norm during Ebola mission

An inquiry commission found that women had been promised jobs in exchange for relationships or had been sexually exploited in order to keep jobs

Ebola can spread via fruit bats or from human to human contact: Everything you need to know about the virus
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Ebola can spread via fruit bats or from human to human contact: Everything you need to know about the virus

A vaccine developed by the US group Merck Sharp and Dohme was found to be very effective in a major study carried out in Guinea in 2015.

Ebola virus can lie dormant in survivors and trigger outbreaks even five years after infections: Study
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Ebola virus can lie dormant in survivors and trigger outbreaks even five years after infections: Study

Ebola outbreaks are usually thought to result from the virus "spilling" from an animal host to a human. But the analysis showed the Guinea strain was virtually identical to that from a 2013-16 wave.

Guinea's latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12 people has ended, says WHO
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Guinea's latest Ebola outbreak that killed 12 people has ended, says WHO

WHO Regional Director for Africa said “We are getting faster, better and smarter...we must stay alert for a possible resurgence."

Survivor of Ebola outbreak five years ago likely triggered the ongoing outbreak in Guinea
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Survivor of Ebola outbreak five years ago likely triggered the ongoing outbreak in Guinea

The outbreak first recognized in Guinea in January has reportedly infected at least 18 people and killed nine so far.

Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers
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Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers

The survivor harboured the virus for at least five years and then transmitted it via semen to a sex partner, researchers reported in articles published in Science and Stat. Until now, the longest the ebola virus had been known to persist in a survivor was 500 days

Ebola outbreak: Guinea to begin vaccination drive after storm-delayed plane arrives
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Ebola outbreak: Guinea to begin vaccination drive after storm-delayed plane arrives

Authorities said some of the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea's southeastern forest region where five people have recently died of Ebola.

Why is Ebola back in Guinea? What have we learnt from past outbreaks?
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Why is Ebola back in Guinea? What have we learnt from past outbreaks?

Access to healthcare in Guinea has improved marginally over the years but the country still struggles with one of the worst health-care infrastructures in the world.

Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after first deaths since 2016, WHO launches ground survey
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Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after first deaths since 2016, WHO launches ground survey

WHO is reportedly helping Guinea to obtain the Ebola vaccine, which proved instrumental in controlling outbreaks in the DRC.

Guinea now in an 'Ebola epidemic situation', confirms nation's health chief; three dead so far
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Guinea now in an 'Ebola epidemic situation', confirms nation's health chief; three dead so far

The cases marked the first known resurgence of the virus in West Africa since the 2016 epidemic that left more than 11,300 dead across the region

West Africa braces to combat first Ebola outbreak in five years as COVID-19 stretches limited health resources
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West Africa braces to combat first Ebola outbreak in five years as COVID-19 stretches limited health resources

Patients have been isolated and an investigation was ordered to determine the home villages of all who took part in the burial to carry out contact tracing, said head of National Agency for Health Security

Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after 7 confirmed cases and three deaths: All you need to know
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Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after 7 confirmed cases and three deaths: All you need to know

National Health Security Agency head Sakoba Keita told local media on Saturday that one of the latest Ebola victims in Guinea was a nurse who fell in late January and was buried on 1 February. Keita also told local media that one patient had escapes but had been found and hospitalised in the capital Conkry.

Another Ebola outbreak looms in Congo after a woman dies due to the virus
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Another Ebola outbreak looms in Congo after a woman dies due to the virus

While the source of contamination is still unknown, the woman who died was the wife of an Ebola survivor, according to the government.

Six months after first Ebola case recorded, outbreak in Congo comes to an end
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Six months after first Ebola case recorded, outbreak in Congo comes to an end

The WHO along with its partners have treated and vaccinated more than 40,000 people at high risk, across dense rainforests and crowded urban areas.

WHO declares the end of the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in Congo
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WHO declares the end of the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in Congo

An 11th Ebola outbreak has been declared on 1 June 2020 as new cases are already cropping up in the northwestern city of Mbandaka.

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo 'global health emergency'; virus infects two million-strong city of Goma
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WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo 'global health emergency'; virus infects two million-strong city of Goma

In June, the Ebola outbreak spilled across the border for the first time when a family brought the virus into Uganda after attending the burial in Congo of an infected relative. Even then, the expert committee advised against a declaration.

Latest Ebola outbreak in Congo kills over 500; govt says new vaccination programme saved ‘thousands’
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Latest Ebola outbreak in Congo kills over 500; govt says new vaccination programme saved ‘thousands’

More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths, the country's health minister told AFP.

WHO convenes emergency meeting amid fresh Ebola outbreak in Congo; 179 confirmed cases, 104 deaths reported so far
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WHO convenes emergency meeting amid fresh Ebola outbreak in Congo; 179 confirmed cases, 104 deaths reported so far

Aid organisations have expressed alarm as the rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled this month

Researchers find new species of Ebola virus in bats in Sierra Leone; unclear if it can cause disease
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Researchers find new species of Ebola virus in bats in Sierra Leone; unclear if it can cause disease

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday.

Ebola virus: Canadian researchers develop experimental vaccine that is said to be safe for humans
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Ebola virus: Canadian researchers develop experimental vaccine that is said to be safe for humans

Canadian researchers in a clinical trial have developed a Ebola vaccine which is well-tolerated and showed no safety concerns