Some $3.4 billion in pledges were made at the United Nations on Friday to help Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea stamp out Ebola and begin rebuilding health systems and economies devastated by the worst outbreak on record of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. The United Nations had said that $3.2 billion was needed to support the […]

Tests on the Ebola virus that claimed Liberia’s first victim since it was declared Ebola-free in May showed it was closely related to an earlier Liberian strain, the World Health Organization and a health official said on Friday. The findings suggest the disease was never entirely eliminated from the West African country. “It indicates that […]

Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa’s vast and deadly Ebola outbreak. The U.N. agency “does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response”, a panel of independent experts said in a report on […]

Liberia confirmed a second case of Ebola on Tuesday just a day after authorities said they had detected a new case of the deadly virus previously thought to have been eliminated from the West African country, a senior health official said. Liberia, once at the centre of the worst recorded Ebola epidemic in history, was […]

In recent weeks, the threat to South Korea from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has exploded. Over the last 18 months or so, Ebola has hit West Africa hard and penetrated the borders of the United States and Europe. During the previous decade, H1N1 Flu and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) infected […]

The Ebola epidemic exposed long-standing holes in aid delivery, which desperately needs an overhaul before the next international emergency hits, aid experts said on Thursday. Many of the shortcomings seen during the Haiti earthquake of slow responses and uncoordinated relief efforts were repeated during the Ebola crisis that erupted in West Africa a year ago, […]

The Ebola virus that devastated parts of West Africa over the past year did not mutate at a faster rate than in previous outbreaks, according to an international study published on Wednesday.    Contrary to research conducted early in the outbreak which suggested the virus was mutating at twice the rate previously seen, this study […]

Drugmakers’ plans to conduct vast clinical trials to test and hopefully validate the first Ebola vaccines have been thwarted by success in beating back the deadly epidemic in West Africa.  GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Johnson & Johnson are struggling to recruit volunteers with enough exposure to the disease to prove whether their vaccines are doing the […]

The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Saturday. “The reality today is if Ebola were to hit on scale it did in August and September, we […]