August 18, 2018 4:16 PM
WASHINGTON — With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field.
Alongside these efforts, researchers in the DRC are collecting data that will improve how we respond to, and prevent, future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
Last Updated: August 17, 2018 8:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The United States is sending a U.S. Navy hospital ship to Colombia to help treat some of the hundreds of thousands of people who have poured over the border fleeing violence in Venezuela.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Washington from Bogata, Colombia, Friday that he would likely be sending the USNS Comfort based at Norfolk, Virginia.
Medical staff are fleeing hospitals in Cameroon's troubled English-speaking regions after attacks this month left several nurses dead and many others wounded. Medics say they are stuck between a military that accuses them of aiding armed separatists and rebel fighters who say hospitals betray them to the army.
Elvis Ndansi, of the Cameroon trade union of nurses, says the killings and abuse provoked outrage in the medical corps.
Despite major attacks by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan including southeastern Ghazni province in recent days, the Afghan government is still considering attempting a possible cease-fire with insurgents ahead of the Eid holidays, a government spokesperson told VOA.
A Syrian war monitor said Monday the number of people killed in an explosion at a building believed to be used as a weapons depot in rebel-held Idlib province rose to 69.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported dozens of people were hurt in the blast Sunday in the town of Sarmada near the Turkish border and that the number of dead was likely to rise.
The group, which has a network of sources throughout Syria, said an arms depot in the basement of the building detonated, causing the entire multi-story structure to collapse.