Latest Ebola virus News

UN says thousands flee Congo violence, seek asylum in Uganda

Jun. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian efforts. People are leaving Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding pressure on...

Driver with Ebola team severely injured by mob

Jun. 24, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — A driver working with an Ebola response team is in critical condition after angry crowds hurled rocks at him and set his vehicle on fire. Monday's attack in Beni is the latest against health workers trying to combat the virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in eastern Congo since...

Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for US officials

Jun. 24, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to send disease fighters to help battle one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, U.S. health officials are turning to basketball hall of famer Dikembe Mutombo for help. Mutombo, regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history and a well-known philanthropist...

Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola

Jun. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MPONDWE, Uganda (AP) — Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the deadly Ebola virus, and hindering efforts to control the...

Kenya patient free of Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak

Jun. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya remains free from Ebola as test results show that a sick woman does not have the deadly hemorrhagic fever, while neighboring Uganda and Congo battle a stubborn outbreak of the disease. Kenya's Health Minister Sicily Kariuki Monday announced that a patient isolated at the Kericho...

Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies

Jun. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. And when the second person in this Uganda border town died after the virus outbreak spread from neighboring Congo , the hospital for several...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 14, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows Joe Biden making a "shocking admission." Biden's speech...

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

Jun. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo — which spilled into Uganda this week — is an "extraordinary event" of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the...

The Latest: UN says Ebola not yet a global emergency

Jun. 14, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Congo and Uganda (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The World Health Organization says the Ebola virus outbreak in Congo — which spread to Uganda this week — does not yet merit being declared a global emergency but is "an extraordinary event" of...

Burial of Ugandan Ebola victim shows flash of confrontation

Jun. 14, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

KARAMBI, Uganda (AP) — At last the pickup truck carrying the Ebola victim's coffin arrived. The woman's relatives were relieved. But a small group of young people hissed in anger. They watched the burial team carefully put on protective suits and gloves, itching for a fight. They grabbed the rope meant to...