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The UK volunteer will be given the candidate inoculation in a safety trial being conducted by experts at the University of Oxford. The testing is part of a series of safety trials of potential vaccines to combat the virus, which could offer hope to the thousands facing the illness in West Africa where an outbreak has killed around 53% of those infected.
Health workers wore protective gear in Liberia after carrying the body of a woman they suspect died from the Ebola virus. Imagine two cities.
If the Ebola outbreak isn't controlled quickly, it could end up lasting for years and spreading to many more countries, a U.S. health official told a Senate hearing Tuesday. Ebola crisis could last for years if not controlled quickly If the Ebola outbreak isn't controlled quickly, it could end up lasting for years and spreading to many more countries, a U.S. health official told a Senate hearing Tuesday.
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos and World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward listen to Dr. David Nabarro, senior U.N. coordinator for Ebola, speak during a news conference on Ebola at the United Nations. Photo: Reuters Nearly $US1 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations says, more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago.
Some of the nation's largest cities are ratcheting up their criticism of prescription painkillers, blaming the industry for a wave of addiction and overdoses that have ravaged their communities and busted local budgets. The heightened rhetoric comes as Chicago tries to recover millions in health care costs from opioid drugmakers, alleging that companies deliberately misled the public about the risks of their drugs.
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Canada's public health agency says cases of a severe respiratory illness that has hospitalized clusters of children in the United States have been confirmed in Alberta. In a statement sent to Postmedia News on Monday night, the federal health agency said the government is "aware of the confirmed EV-D68 cases in Alberta as well as multiple other clusters of mild and severe respiratory illnesses in children in several additional provinces."
China will send more medics to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone to help boost laboratory testing for the virus, raising the total number of Chinese medical experts there to 174, the UN said Tuesday. Sierra Leone government workers are disinfected after loading the bodies of Ebola victims onto a truck at a clinic in Kailahun, on August 14, 2014 - by Carl de Souza "The most urgent immediate need in the Ebola response is for more medical staff," World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement, hailing the Chinese commitment.
The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped-up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.
The highly contagious gastrointestinal virus sickened dozens during a leg from Singapore to Fremantle, Western Australia, aboard the Sea Princess. A 26-day cruise set to leave the same day was canceled, leaving 2,000 stranded ashore, after workers found mechanical issues aboard.
When babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine, vaccinating their parents might protect them from the dangerous infection, a new study suggests. Young children were 51 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pertussis - also known as whooping cough - when their parents had been immunized against the infection at least four weeks earlier, compared to children in homes where parents weren't immunized, researchers found.
Joseph Fair hunts viruses. That's his thing. The 37-year-old American loves chasing dangerous pathogens, studying them in secure labs or searching for them in jungles where the microbes lurk.
Laurie Garrett , senior fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her coverage of an Ebola outbreak in what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
High level efforts are underway to find ways to substantially ramp up production of experimental Ebola vaccines and drugs, officials at the World Health Organization and within the U.S. government say. The talks involve trying to find more production capacity for the therapeutics, which before this outbreak had never been tested in people.
The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler arrive.
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