Latest Ebola virus News

Rebels kill 8 in eastern Congo as residents protest violence

Nov. 20, 2019 10:44 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo’s army says rebels have killed at least eight people and kidnapped about a dozen others in an attack in the eastern city of Beni. Residents angered by the ongoing violence have attacked trucks belonging to the United Nations peacekeeping mission and barricaded roads. Army...

Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Nov. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi says he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks. Tshisekedi said Friday a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of...

Congolese journalist helping with Ebola crisis slain

Nov. 4, 2019 7:45 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Authorities in eastern Congo say a journalist who was working to spread awareness about the Ebola crisis has been killed. Papy Mahamba Mumbere, who worked at a radio station in Congo's Ituri province, also had been serving as a community health worker in the village of Lwemba. The attack...

Congo launches large-scale offensive against rebels in east

Nov. 1, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo's military says it has launched an offensive against rebel groups in the country's east even while efforts continue there to contain a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus. Army spokesman Gen. Leon Kasonga announced the large-scale offensive Thursday in the Beni region, an early...

In Congo, an Ebola survivor with a motorbike helps ease fear

Oct. 21, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — When Germain Kalubenge gets a request for a ride on his motorcycle it can be a matter of life or death. The 23-year-old is a survivor of the Ebola virus and often is the only driver his community trusts to help if someone suspects they are infected. "I wake up every day at 5 in the...

UN says Ebola in Congo still qualifies as global emergency

Oct. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo still warrants being classified as a global emergency, even though the number of confirmed cases has slowed in recent weeks. The U.N. health agency first declared the epidemic, the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in...

European Medicines Agency recommends licensing Ebola vaccine

Oct. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that the world's first Ebola vaccine be approved, after it was administered to hundreds of thousands of people in Africa. The agency on Friday described licensing the vaccine as "an important step toward relieving the burden of this deadly...

Today in History

Oct. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel in Brighton, England, killing five...

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Oct. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday. The Central African nation is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed about half that number since August 2018. Since January, more...

Tanzania rejects suspicions that it covered up Ebola cases

Oct. 3, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania on Thursday rejected suspicions that it might have covered up cases of the deadly Ebola virus, calling it a plot to show the country “in a bad light.” The health minister’s comments came after the World Health Organization issued an unusual statement...