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Malaria Vaccine is a Letdown But Could Still Reduce Cases

April 24, 2015 10:30 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, with final study results showing it doesn't work very well and that initial protection fades over time.

WHO Denies Politics Swayed Ebola Emergency Declaration

March 23, 2015 4:14 pm | by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press; RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization denied that politics swayed the decision to declare an...

Emails: World Health Organization Resisted Declaring Ebola Emergency

March 20, 2015 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, Associated Press; RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the...

WHO Creates Independent Panel to Assess its Ebola Response

March 11, 2015 8:33 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its...

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Made-in-Canada Ebola Vaccine Being Put to the Test in Three West African Studies

March 9, 2015 8:19 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For years scientists at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory struggled to figure out how to test whether a vaccine developed at the Winnipeg lab would prevent people from contracting Ebola. Now, finally, three studies in West Africa may provide that answer.

WHO to Begin Large-Scale Testing of Ebola Vaccine in Guinea

March 5, 2015 3:36 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.

UN Health Agency Urges Europe to Step Up Measles Vaccination

February 25, 2015 8:28 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.

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World Health Organization Approves First Quick Test for Ebola

February 20, 2015 11:19 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has approved a quick test for Ebola that will dramatically cut the time it takes to determine with reasonable accuracy whether someone is infected with the deadly virus.

Ebola Vaccines Trial Starts in Liberia

February 2, 2015 8:17 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.     

WHO: Ebola Response Shifts to Ending Epidemic

January 29, 2015 8:40 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus' spread, the WHO said today. The U.N. health agency said the three most affected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia — have reported fewer than 100 cases in the past week, for the first time since June.

Bungled Ebola Response Prompts WHO to Adopt Reforms to Repair Reputation

January 26, 2015 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.       

UN: At Least 50 Ebola Hotspots Remain, But New Cases Falling

January 19, 2015 9:57 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 Ebola hotspots remain in the three hardest-hit West African countries but new cases are declining and the deadly disease will be defeated, the U.N.'s Ebola chief said. The latest report from the WHO showing reductions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "is very good news," said Dr. David Nabarro.

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Two Leading Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe, Further Tests Starting

January 9, 2015 8:14 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

After an expert meeting this week, WHO said there is now enough information to conclude that the two most advanced Ebola vaccines — one made by GlaxoSmithKline and the other licensed by Merck and NewLink — have "an acceptable safety profile."  

UN Tally of Ebola-Linked Deaths Tops 8,000

January 2, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 people are thought to have died last year from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body says the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease in the three most affected countries reached 7,989 by Dec. 31.

Report: Ebola Survival Improving in Sierra Leone

December 29, 2014 7:27 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. The outbreak began last December in the West African country of Guinea, but it wasn't recognized until last spring. There have been nearly 20,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization estimates.

WHO: Recorded Ebola Deaths Top 7,000

December 22, 2014 8:43 am | by BOUBACAR DIALLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.

Bad Data Adds Another Problem to Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 10:24 am | by SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data. Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

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WHO Misses Ebola Targets it Set for December 1

December 1, 2014 8:55 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two months ago, the World Health Organization launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 percent of the sick and safely bury 70 percent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — by December 1.

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 People in Madagascar

November 25, 2014 8:05 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

WHO said a national task force has been set up to manage the outbreak, with the cost of the project reaching $200,000. The international health organization said it is working with the Red Cross and Madagascan health authorities to control the disease.

WHO: Ebola Transmission 'Intense' in Sierra Leone

November 20, 2014 8:12 am | by CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says. Some 168 new confirmed cases emerged in a single week in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown recently, according to a WHO report.

Medical Aid Group to Host Three Ebola Clinical Trials

November 13, 2014 8:37 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Accelerated clinical trials will be launched in West Africa to speed the search for a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, Doctors Without Borders announced Thursday. The international humanitarian group said it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centers using experimental drugs that haven't been through the usual lengthy process of study with animals and healthy people.

WHO Says More Than 5,000 Have Now Died of Ebola

November 12, 2014 3:32 pm | by BABA AHMED, Associated Press; SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic. This is the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, with more than 14,000 people sickened, the vast majority in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Ebola - By the Numbers

November 10, 2014 8:47 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.                    

Amid Ebola Disaster, WHO Picks New Africa Chief

November 6, 2014 11:02 am | by VIRGILE AHISSOU, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

With nearly 5,000 dead of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization elected a new director Wednesday of its Africa office, which has been accused of bungling the response to the outbreak in its early stages.      

Ebola Hits Health Care Access for Other Diseases

November 4, 2014 6:26 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press; SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak has spawned a "silent killer," experts say: hidden cases of malaria, pneumonia, typhoid and the like that are going untreated because people in the countries hardest hit by the dreaded virus either cannot find an open clinic or are too afraid to go to one.

After Botching Ebola, WHO to Pick New Africa Boss

November 3, 2014 7:46 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

After acknowledging that it bungled the response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the World Health Organization is electing a new regional director for its Africa office this week. Critics say it's about time.      

Ebola: Race for a Vaccine

October 28, 2014 9:04 am | Videos | Comments

Health officials say a vaccine against Ebola could be ready in 2015.                               

Swissmedic Approves Trial for Ebola Vaccine

October 28, 2014 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss agency that regulates new drugs has approved an application for a clinical trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at the Lausanne University Hospital. Swissmedic said the trial will be conducted among 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization.

Drugmakers Bet on Ebola Vaccines, Treatments

October 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It's unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill.    

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