Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone was declared over on 7 November, but in neighbouring Guinea, people are still being infected by a disease which has claimed more than 11,000 lives in West Africa. But despite the unprecedented scale of the epidemic, there is still much that we do not know about...
By Dr. Joanne Liu, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) The race to contain the largest Ebola epidemic in history has been a marathon, not a sprint. One year ago I arrived in West Africa and found the virus tearing through the region. It was destroying...
Interview with Bertrand Draguez, MSF Medical Director An interim review published on 31 July in the medical journal The Lancet indicates very promising results for one of the Ebola Vaccine candidates. The interim review states that the efficacy of the vaccine is 100%. The trial of the so-called...
Medical organisation warns that outbreak is not over yet and cross-border surveillance must continue After 42 days with no recorded cases of Ebola, Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) – news which has been welcomed by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today releases a critical analysis of the Ebola epidemic in west Africa over the past year, revealing the shortcomings of the global response to the crisis and warning that the outbreak, despite an overall decline in cases, is not yet over. The report, Pushed to the...
Initial results of a clinical trial of the experimental drug favipiravir suggest that it can reduce mortality among patients with low levels of the Ebola virus in their blood, but is ineffective for patients with high viral loads who are very sick with the disease. The ongoing clinical trial, led...
Ebola survivor Amie Subah tells her story: I contracted Ebola through midwifing a pregnant woman. Unfortunately, the woman was infected and she died of the virus as well as her baby. Eight staff members from the clinic where I worked, including myself, got infected through that delivery. Only two...
A trial of the experimental Ebola drug brincidofovir in Liberia has been halted due to a significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, coupled with the 30 January announcement by the drug’s manufacturer that it would no longer participate in the trial. Led by Oxford University, the trial into...
Reaching zero cases difficult unless weaknesses in the response addressed A downward trend of new cases is reported in Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ebola management centres across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with just over 50 patients currently in its eight centres. While this is a...
In late November, Aminata Sankoh's mother started to fall ill. Living on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aminata heard warnings about Ebola on the radio. But she didn't hesitate to care for her mother as she grew progressively sicker over the next seven days. By the end of the week,...
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