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UN: Nearly $1B Needed Now to Stop Ebola

September 17, 2014 8:34 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press; KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."   

U.S. Government, WHO Seek Ways to Expand Production of Ebola Drugs, Vaccines

September 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

High level efforts are underway to find ways to substantially ramp up production of experimental...

Gates Foundation to Spend $50M on Ebola Response

September 10, 2014 2:49 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health...

Fourth American with Ebola to be Flown to US for Care

September 9, 2014 8:16 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press; JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fourth American who contracted Ebola in West Africa was expected to arrive in the U.S. for...

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Experts Meet to Advise WHO on How to Use Experimental Ebola Drugs, Vaccines

September 4, 2014 8:10 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The meeting follows on an earlier consultation during which the WHO asked ethicists and others if it would be ethical to use unlicensed Ebola drugs and vaccines in this unprecedented outbreak. The group, which met in early August, agreed that it was. Since then, much planning and research has gone into trying to prepare this group of advisers to answer questions around who should get drugs or vaccines and under what circumstances.

WHO: Ebola Cases Could Eventually Reach 20,000

August 28, 2014 9:29 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press; KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday. A new plan by the U.N. health agency to stop Ebola also assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas may be two to four times higher than currently reported. If that's accurate, it suggests there could be up to 12,000 cases already.

UN Health Agency: E-Cigarettes Must Be Regulated

August 26, 2014 8:43 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.In a report to its 194 member nations, the World Health Organization also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products.


Japan Ready to Offer Flu Drug for Ebola Treatment

August 25, 2014 8:16 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., at any time at the request of the World Health Organization.

WHO: Use of Untested Drugs for Ebola Should Be Limited to Best Candidates

August 15, 2014 2:49 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The global health agency says it is only interested in pursuing therapies which have been shown to combat Ebola infection in animal studies as it helps countries prepare to use medical tools that are untested in humans.     

Scientists Racing to Test Ebola Vaccines in Humans

August 14, 2014 6:30 pm | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won't be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a disease so rare that it's been hard to...

Tekmira Not Ready to Use Ebola Drug in Africa

August 14, 2014 8:11 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A Canadian drugmaker working on an experimental drug for Ebola said Wednesday that it is not ready to make the treatment available in Africa, despite assurances by international health officials that it is ethical to use untested treatments to fight the deadly outbreak.

Demand for Experimental Ebola Drug Soars

August 13, 2014 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

The World Health Organization has approved the use of ZMapp, but supplies are extremely limited.                          


US Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

August 12, 2014 8:29 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

WHO: It's Ethical to Try Untested Ebola Medicines

August 12, 2014 8:06 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. The U.N. agency issued the statement Tuesday after holding a teleconference with experts Monday to discuss the issue.

WHO Seeks Expert Advice on the Ethics of Using Experimental Ebola Drugs

August 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The experts — ethicists and representatives of the affected countries and other players involved in the outbreak — are meeting at the request of the World Health Organization to debate whether it is ethical to use experimental Ebola therapies in this epidemic.

Spanish Ebola Patient Gets Experimental Drug

August 11, 2014 8:00 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus. The Health Ministry announced Monday that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, was obtained in Geneva this weekend and brought to Madrid to treat Miguel Pajares.

WHO: Ebola Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency

August 8, 2014 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.          


No Ebola Drug for Africans; Troops Deployed

August 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africans battling to contain the spread of Ebola will have to wait for months until a potentially life-saving experimental drug used on two Americans infected with the dreaded disease could even be made, officials said. Soldiers in two of the affected countries deployed Thursday to try to stem further spread of the virus.

WHO: Basic Hygiene Can Help Prevent MERS Spread

July 10, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.    

UN: 50 New Ebola Cases in Two African Nations

July 9, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa.           

Ghana: Quarantined US Citizen Tested for Ebola

July 7, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Tony Goodman, a spokesman for Ghana's Department of Health, said Monday that lab tests were being conducted while the patient remained at a private health clinic.               

WHO Reduces Ebola Death Toll in Sierra Leone

June 26, 2014 8:34 am | by PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced it was changing the way it reports fatalities from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone at the request of the government. Previously, probable and suspected deaths from Ebola were included in the count but from now on, only laboratory confirmed cases will be reported, reducing the death toll in Sierra Leone from 58 to 34 as of Tuesday.

Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 3:47 pm | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia, which is grappling to contain the spread of a frequently deadly respiratory virus, announced Tuesday that a review of the illness led authorities to sharply revise upward the number of confirmed infections and deaths from the disease.

Thirty Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

May 29, 2014 8:23 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy. The U.S. has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country.

Two New Ebola Deaths Confirmed in West Africa

May 27, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Two new deaths from the deadly Ebola disease were announced Monday by health authorities in Guinea and Sierra Leone, raising fears that the first outbreak in West Africa is not yet under control. The new fatalities are far from where the outbreak began.

World Health Organization: MERS Isn't an Emergency

May 14, 2014 8:19 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The decision was made after a meeting of WHO's expert group on the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

Pakistan: Polio Vaccine a Must for Exit Travelers

May 13, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Pakistan will require all travelers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organization advising travelers of all ages to be vaccinated by next month.

High-Tech Hearing Aids

May 7, 2014 8:45 am | Videos | Comments

More than a third of senior citizens are hard of hearing, according to the World Health Organization. Three new digital devices that are helping people tune back in to what’s being said.           

First American MERS Patient May Leave Hospital Soon

May 6, 2014 8:24 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving daily and could be released soon from an Indiana hospital, although he will be isolated at home, health officials said Monday.     

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