Latest Ebola virus News

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...

The Latest: Zimbabwe's president calls for end to sanctions

Sep. 25, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa is appealing for patience for his efforts to pull his country out of an economic collapse, and called on the U.S. and Europe to lift...

2nd Ebola vaccine to be used in Congo, as UN efforts slammed

Sep. 23, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday announced Congo will start using a second experimental Ebola vaccine, as efforts to stop the deadly outbreak are stalled and Doctors Without Borders criticizes vaccination efforts to date. Since this outbreak was declared in August 2018, more than...

UN agency: Tanzania not sharing details on Ebola-like cases

Sep. 22, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...