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31 Aug 2017 description

"The bodies in all likelihood come from Sierra Leone since there have been no alerts about boats that have capsized"

CONAKRY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The bodies of 19 people thought to have perished in a mudslide in Sierra Leone more than a fortnight ago have washed up on Guinea's shores, the government in Conakry said on Wednesday.

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21 Aug 2017 description

FREETOWN, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.

One of Africa's worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world's poorest countries.

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18 Aug 2017 description

Threat worsening as rainfall, deforestation increase

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

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14 Aug 2017 description

"The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken"

By Christo Johnson

FREETOWN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - More than 200 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes.

The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris.

09 Sep 2016 description

Around 29,000 people contracted the haemorrhagic fever during the more than two-year long outbreak, the worst on record

ABIDJAN, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has re-opened its western borders with Liberia and Guinea two years after they were closed to prevent the spread of an Ebola epidemic that killed thousands across West Africa, an Ivorian government spokesman said on Friday.

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24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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21 Oct 2015 description
  • Doctors report cases similar to UK Ebola relapse case
  • Hundreds of Ebola survivors may harbour latent virus
  • Survivors fearful of risks, further ostracization

By Kemo Cham and Emma Farge

FREETOWN/DAKAR, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A poster in Sierra Leone's crumbling coastal capital Freetown proclaims a message from an Ebola survivor called Sulliaman: "I feel 100 percent healthy!" Another beaming survivor Juliana says: "I am one of the safest people to be around!"

30 Aug 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:53 GMT
Author: Reuters

FREETOWN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said.

The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them.

04 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded a single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach although risks remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Tight surveillance and tracing contacts of infected people remain crucial, and are especially challenging during the heavy rains in August, WHO Assistant-Director Bruce Aylward said.

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16 Jul 2015 description

FREETOWN, July 16 (Reuters) - Ebola burial teams in Sierra Leone are extorting money from families of the bereaved to give the dead safe burials, a senior health official said, leading to an increase in illegal funerals.

The introduction of anti-Ebola measures requiring bodies to be buried according to safety protocols was considered a key sign of progress in the fight against the disease last year.

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23 Jun 2015 description

FREETOWN, June 22 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has recorded two new cases of Ebola in Freetown in the past few days, disproving the assumption that the capital city had already defeated the deadly virus, officials said on Monday.

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18 Jun 2015 description

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - The Ebola virus that devastated parts of West Africa over the past year did not mutate at a faster rate than in previous outbreaks, according to an international study published on Wednesday.

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21 Apr 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:55 GMT
Author: Reuters

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent

LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) - Genetic sequence data on two of the deadliest yet most poorly understood viruses are to be made available to researchers worldwide in real time as scientists seek to speed up understanding of Ebola and MERS infections.

16 Apr 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:48 GMT
Author: Reuters

CONAKRY, April 16 (Reuters) - Guinean authorities have confirmed at least nine new cases of Ebola in the southwest region of Forecariah near the border with Sierra Leone, the area hardest hit by the year-old outbreak, a senior health official said on Thursday.

Authorities launched a four day, door-to-door campaign in Forecariah on April 12 to improve community participation in reporting suspected cases and as part of an emergency 45-day drive to tackle Ebola in the west of the country.

04 Apr 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 7 Apr 2015 17:01 GMT Author: Reuters

KENEMA, Sierra Leone, April 7 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone said on Tuesday that it had mistakenly reported an Ebola positive case in Kailahun, a former hotspot for the virus which has not seen a case for nearly four months.

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26 Mar 2015 description

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) - The Ebola virus causing a devastating epidemic in West Africa is far more deadly in children than in adults, killing around 90 percent of babies under one who become infected, researchers said on Wednesday.

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10 Mar 2015 description

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO), criticised as being slow and poorly coordinated in its response to West Africa's Ebola outbreak, has commissioned an independent expert panel to asses its handling of the deadly epidemic.

The Geneva-based United Nations health agency was sharply criticised for failing to heed repeated warnings by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in the early days of the epidemic, which quickly grew to become the largest in history.

11 Feb 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:42 GMT

By Emma Farge

DAKAR, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone said on Tuesday it had cleaned up a list thought to contain thousands of "ghostworkers" on its Ebola staff and would prosecute those who sought to swindle money from the government, tackling a problem that has dogged its fight against the epidemic.

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01 Feb 2015 description
  • Red Cross Ebola coordinator says virus flaring up

  • Still areas of Guinea where it has "no access"

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday.

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01 Feb 2015 description

DAKAR, Jan 30 (Reuters) - An agreement to forgive some of the debt of Ebola-hit West African nations may be reached soon in talks between the International Monetary Fund and donor countries, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

Lagarde, on a three-day visit to Senegal, said that the IMF board was also due to approve in early February a zero-percent- interest loan of $160 million for the three countries worst-affected by Ebola - Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

That would add to $130 million disbursed by the Fund in September on the same terms.