Latest Ebola virus News

Correction: WHO Travel story

May. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story May 20 about travel spending at the World Health Organization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that information about the organization's travel spending was obtained from internal documents. The information was made publicly available on WHO's website on May 9. A...

For 'Hot Zone,' Margulies confronts claustrophobia and Ebola

May. 20, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Julianna Margulies knew she was claustrophobic. But she didn't realize just how much until she had to wear a sealed, full-body biosafety suit while filming the upcoming limited series "The Hot Zone." Margulies had to spend hours in the suit while filming the six-part show about...

UN health chief warns of 'very high' risk of Ebola spread

May. 20, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. health agency says the risk that the Ebola virus will spread remains "very high." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking Monday at the start of the World Health Organization's annual assembly, where issues like anti-microbial resistance, universal health care and WHO...

Aid group: More funds needed for Ebola safe burials in Congo

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international aid organization says it only has enough funding to continue safe burials for Ebola victims in eastern Congo for two more weeks. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Thursday that unless it gets more funding it won't be able to...

Ebola treatment center attacked again in eastern Congo

May. 13, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Authorities say an Ebola treatment has come under attack again in eastern Congo. Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said Monday that one of the attackers was killed in the overnight assault in Katwa. Two patients also died after all the nursing staff fled the health facility. The mayor...

WHO warns Ebola could spread elsewhere if attacks don't stop

May. 10, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue. The ominous statement comes amid escalating violence nine months after the outbreak began, crippling...

City in Congo's Ebola outbreak attacked by militia; 8 dead

May. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Militia fighters attacked a city at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak on Wednesday after threatening health workers in the field, further damaging efforts to contain the deadly disease. At least eight people were killed. Seven members of a Mai-Mai militia and a police captain were...

AP Explains: Why this Ebola outbreak is a special challenge

May. 4, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 1,000 deaths have now been confirmed in eastern Congo's Ebola outbreak, the second-worst in history behind the West African one in 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300 people. Attacks on health workers are badly complicating efforts to contain one of the world's most notorious...

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks

May. 3, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola in eastern Congo since August, the country's health minister said Friday as hostility toward health workers continues to hamper efforts to contain the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus. Health Minister Oly Ilunga told The Associated...

The Latest: Ebola deaths top 1,000 in Congo outbreak

May. 3, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Congo's Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have died in an Ebola outbreak that started in August. Health Minister Oly Ilunga confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the number of infected people who have...