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Quote:Guinea declared free from Ebola after 2,500 deaths

Quote:Several months after Guinea announced that the country was free of the Ebola virus, the country’s government has confirmed two new cases.

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Dead bodies were tested in the N'Zerekore prefecture to the southeast of capital city Conakry, revealing positive results for the virus
Quote:Researchers hope to use bat migrations to determine where and when the next Ebola outbreak will happen.
In 2014, the virus swept through West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people and infecting over 28,000, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak is thought to have originated with a young boy in Guinea who was playing near a hollow tree full of bats, known carriers of the Ebola virus.
As the outbreak grew, scientists began creating models to predict the spread of Ebola as it is passed from person to person. In a paper published earlier this year, Javier Buceta, a researcher at Lehigh University, focused on tracking the virus through bats instead.

Quote:Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a "public health emergency with international impact."

"Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths" have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of May 3.

Quote:Health workers fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have run into an invisible but powerful hurdle — a belief system that deems the disease to be a curse or the result of evil spirits.
Some people are refusing medical care and turn instead to preachers and prayers to chase away the threat, they say.
The pastor of an evangelical church last Wednesday died several days after he “prayed” for an Ebola victim who went to him for help, a doctor said.
“Some sick people believe that the Ebola epidemic comes from sorcery — they refuse to be treated and prefer to pray,” said Julie Lobali, a nurse on the front line against the DRC’s ninth Ebola outbreak.
She is working in a hospital in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo River in northwest DRC where the first urban case was reported last Thursday. Since the outbreak was declared in the remote area of Bikoro on May 8, 51 cases of Ebola have been reported with 27 deaths.

Quote:Doctor slammed by med board for selling $5 homeopathic sound waves for Ebola

The California medical board is threatening to revoke the license of Dr. William Edwin Gray III for selling homeopathic sound files over the Internet that he claims—without evidence or reason—can cure a variety of ailments, including life-threatening infections such as Ebola, SARS, swine flu, malaria, typhoid, and cholera.

Quote:A Liberian woman who probably caught Ebola in 2014 may have infected three relatives a year after she first fell sick, doctors reported in a study published Monday.There have been previous instances of men spreading Ebola to women via sexual transmission — the virus can survive in semen for more than a year —

Quote:Congo’s health ministry reports 759 cases, including 705 confirmed ones and 414 confirmed deaths. Ebola is spread via infected bodily fluids, including those of the dead.

More than 70,000 people have received the experimental Ebola vaccine, whose efficacy has yet to be determined. Some people who have received the vaccine have still fallen ill. As concerns about the vaccine stockpile grow, drugmaker Merck last week said it will ship another 120,000 doses or so to Congo by the end of this month.


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