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World + 4 others
Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

TOKYO, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently in use in west Africa where the virus has already killed more than 1,500 people.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset: expert

09/02/2014 02:48 GMT

by Malick Rokhy Ba

DAKAR, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them.

The outbreak has cut a swathe through the region, killing more than 1,500 people since the start of the year, yet the work of medics and nurses has been disrupted by angry mobs claiming Ebola is an invention.

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Outbreak: Logistics Cluster Situation Update, 01 September 2014

Situation Overview

  • Since the Ebola outbreak began, over 3,000 people have been suspected to have contracted the Ebola disease.The Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leonecontinue to report new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola Virus Disease.Ebola patients have also been identified in Nigeria and Senegal.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 2 others
Ebola : la Côte d'Ivoire ouvre des couloirs humanitaires avec la Guinée et le Liberia (officiel)

09/01/2014 21:50 GMT

ABIDJAN, 1 septembre 2014 (AFP) - La Côte d'Ivoire, non encore touchée par Ebola, a annoncé lundi soir l'ouverture de couloirs humanitaires avec la Guinée et le Liberia, tout en maintenant ses frontières fermées avec ces deux pays fortement touchés par l'épidémie.

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Nurses go on strike in Ebola-hit Liberia

09/01/2014 22:51 GMT

MONROVIA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation.

John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases.

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Liberia + 1 other
Switzerland steps up aid to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 01.09.2014 - Switzerland is stepping up its aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has committed an additional CHF 1 million to fund various direct operations in Liberia. A specially chartered plane will leave on Monday with 14 tonnes of medical supplies on board. In addition, the agreement between Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) has been activated. Two specialists will leave Switzerland on Monday on a mission to assess the needs on the ground.

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Liberia Ebola SitRep no. 105

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Nimba County

• A 20 yrs female contact that escaped from contact tracers in Monrovia was found at Cestos River Bridge between Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties and is currently being quarantined at JFDMH in Tappita.

• 7 AG YAMAHH Motorbikes were received from MOHSW for Ebola response

• The Psychosocial team, Case management and the County Task Force headed by the county superintendent distributed food items to 7 communities.

Bomi

• A body (probable) was buried in Tubmanburg.

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Liberia + 1 other
La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Suisse renforce son aide pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. L’Aide humanitaire de la Confédération a débloqué un montant supplémentaire d’un million de francs pour financer diverses actions directes au Libéria. Un avion charter décollera ainsi ce lundi avec 14 tonnes de matériel médical. Par ailleurs, la Convention liant l’Aide humanitaire aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève (HUG) a été activée. Deux experts doivent quitter la Suisse ce lundi pour une mission d’évaluation des besoins sur le terrain.

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Liberia + 3 others
29 August 2014: West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak

SITUATION

• Since early July 2014, reported cases have continued increasing in the four countries affected by the EVD epidemic, according to the WHO.

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Mali + 15 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Prix - août 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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Liberia’s West Point: Life After Ebola Quarantine

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Voice of America

Residents of Liberia’s West Point neighborhood are jubilant now that the government has lifted a 10 day-old quarantine of the densely populated borough of the capital, Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the quarantine was necessary to control the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organization says has killed more than 1,500 people in four West African countries.

Frustration with the quarantine led to protest and, in one confrontation, police opened fire and used tear gas on the residents.

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Liberia + 3 others
WFP's Response To Ebola Emergency

The UN World Food Programme is responding to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa with an operation that aims to provide food to 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. WFP is bringing food for people under treatment, their relatives, and people under medical quarantine. WFP is also assisting the wider humanitarian community with logistics, helping other organisations to get aid workers and critical supplies into the affected areas. Donate here

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Sierra Leone + 4 others
Ebola: Farnesina earmarks another 1.5m euro for emergency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has outlined an approximately 1.5 million eo emergency intervention programme to fight the Ebola epidemic affecting some Western African countries.

The Italian Cooperation has earmarked 240,000 euro for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to send doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and boost epidemiological surveillance and provide logistical support and coordination to emergency response activities.

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Nigeria + 4 others
Ebola : un nouveau cas confirmé au Nigeria, les agents de santé en première ligne

08/31/2014 20:46 GMT

LAGOS, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Nigeria a annoncé dimanche un nouveau cas confirmé d'Ebola, celui de l'épouse, elle-même médecin, d'un docteur tué par le virus, la liste des membres du personnel soignant fauchés par la fièvre hémorragique en Afrique de l'Ouest ne cessant de s'allonger.

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Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

08/31/2014 21:54 GMT

LAGOS, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in west Africa hit by the epidemic.

The woman's husband was also a doctor who died in the city of Port Harcourt on August 22 after treating a patient that had contact with the Liberian man who brought the virus to Nigeria in late July.

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Liberia + 1 other
Ugandan team brings Ebola experience to Liberia

A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers are deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team comes with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.

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Guinea + 3 others
Commission decision on financing humanitarian actions in West Africa from the Bridging Facility, response to Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (ECHO/-WF/EDF/2014/02000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/759/EU of 12 December 2013 regarding transitional EDF management measures from 1 January 2014 until the entry into force of the 11th European Development Fund1 ('Bridging Facility') and in particular Article 2 thereof,

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Liberia Lifts Ebola-Related Quarantine

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Voice of America

The Liberian government has lifted the quarantine it imposed on an impoverished Monrovia neighborhood in an attempt to contain the spread of Ebola.

The government on Saturday removed barricades around the seaside district of West Point. That move prompted celebrations from residents and led shopkeepers to reopen their stores.

Riot police clashed with residents when the government abruptly imposed the restrictions 10 days ago. Residents feared they would be cut off from supplies of food and water.