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  1. Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West AfricaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Dec 28 | The Republic

    West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea's tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had to stop pricking fingers to do blood tests for malaria.


  2. UN says several months needed to control EbolaRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | The Republic

    The U.N. Ebola chief said Thursday it will take several more months before the outbreak in West Africa is under control, an assessment that makes clear the U.N.'s goal of isolating 100 percent of Ebola cases by Jan. 1 won't be met. Dr. David Nabarro said there has been "a massive shift" over the last four months in the way affected governments have taken the lead in responding to the epidemic, communities are taking action and the international community has pitched in.


  3. S. Indiana WWII vet keeps going despite setbacksRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 7, 2014 | The Republic

    The 89-year-old Freetown native, who lives south of Seymour, is a World War II veteran. He worked a total of 421 2 years at Arvin Industries and Cummins Inc. He was diagnosed with West Nile virus when he was 80. Since surviving that, he had a cochlear implant for his left ear, received bilateral lens implants for his eyes and underwent surgery last year.


  4. Helen S. Ault, SeymourRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2014 | The Republic

    On October 3, 1944, in Washington D.C., she married Gerald "Keith" Ault who preceded her in death August 9, 2001. Helen graduated from Freetown High School in 1940 and was a 1942 graduate of Indiana Business School in Columbus.


  5. Dangerous practices spread Ebola in Sierra LeoneRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | The Republic

    Dr. Michael Mawanda saw some disturbing behaviors when he was in Sierra Leone helping fight the Ebola epidemic, including relatives removing patients from the hospital where he worked. The family members who removed the Ebola patients couldn't bear to be separated from their loved ones, but their actions made it nearly impossible for health workers to track new Ebola infections and risked spreading the virus further, said Mawanda, who despite taking precautions came down with Ebola himself and barely survived.


  6. Judith G. Allen, FreetownRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2014 | The Republic

    Survivors include her husband, Dave; a daughter, Cher Bevers, Freetown; a sister, Jane Fletcher, Freetown; and three grandchildren. The time of a memorial service will be announced at a later date.


  7. Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspectedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 22, 2014 | The Republic

    Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country. The patient who tested positive "was placed in an isolation center for intensive treatment," said a government statement distributed Saturday.


  8. Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor's deathRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 20, 2014 | The Republic

    Mali's emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease. At least five people now have died from Ebola after coming into contact with a 70-year-old grand imam, who was brought to the Malian capital of Bamako from Guinea, the bordering country where the regional Ebola epidemic first began.


  9. 7th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra LeoneRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | The Republic

    Dr. Moses Kargbo, who had been a retired medical officer in the Ministry of Health, died Tuesday at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center east of the capital, Freetown, where he had been receiving treatment. He had been volunteering to help fight the spread of the virus at a government hospital in the central Tonkolili district.


  10. Nebraska hospital: Surgeon with Ebola has diedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2014 | The Republic

    A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone has died while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said Monday. "Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren't able to save him," said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.


  11. Surgeon with Ebola arrives in US for treatmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2014 | The Republic

    A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska Saturday for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha on Saturday afternoon and was being transported to the Nebraska Medical Center.


  12. A look at Ebola treatment in the US by numbersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 14, 2014 | The Republic

    When Dr. Martin Salia arrives in Omaha from Sierra Leone, he'll be the 10th person with Ebola to receive treatment in the U.S. The surgeon was heading Saturday to the Nebraska Medical Center. The 44-year-old Salia is a Sierra Leone citizen and a permanent resident of the U.S., where he lives in Maryland.


  13. Another Sierra Leonean doctor infected with EbolaRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 11, 2014 | The Republic

    A doctor in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, dealing yet another blow to the country's fight against the deadly outbreak, an official announced Tuesday. Dr. Martin Salia, a specialist surgeon at a major hospital in the capital of Freetown, is the sixth Sierra Leonean doctor to become infected in this outbreak.


  14. Voting begins to pick WHO's next Africa chiefRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 5, 2014 | The Republic

    As Ebola continued to burn its way through three West African countries, voting began Wednesday to elect the next World Health Organization's Africa director at meeting in Benin. Representatives from WHO's 46 member countries in Africa were choosing from among five candidates running for the post of regional director.


  15. Sierra Leone doctor tests positive for EbolaRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2014 | The Republic

    Authorities in Sierra Leone say another doctor there has tested positive for Ebola, marking a setback for efforts to keep desperately needed health care workers safe. Government Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo confirmed on Sunday that a fifth doctor has tested positive.


  16. Robert "Joe" Rollins, FreetownRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2014 | The Republic

    Robert "Joe" Rollins, 59, of Freetown, passed away on October 31, 2014, at 11:20 p.m. at his residence. He had been employed at Cummins Engine Company.


  17. Local Police & FireRead the original story

    Oct 30, 2014 | The Republic

    Kaleigh R. Stogdill, 23, 431 N. Dellasburg Road, Bartholomew County warrant, 3:24a p.m., by the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, held in lieu of $10,000 bond. Kevin E. Hull, 25, Hope, possession of a controlled substance, trafficking with an inmate and theft, 4:45a p.m., by the Columbus Police Department, held in lieu of $25,000 bond.


  18. Patricia L. Barnes, ColumbusRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 26, 2014 | The Republic

    Patricia L. Barnes passed away Sunday October 26, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana after a yearlong battle with lung and bone cancer. She was a loyal employee for 35 years at Coca-Cola Bottling Company.


  19. Soldier gets Ebola but is not among peacekeepersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2014 | The Republic

    A Sierra Leone soldier has tested positive for Ebola but he is not a member of a battalion set to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission, a government spokesman said Tuesday. The troops' mission will be to protect the Somali government and fight al-Shabab militants.


  20. Joyce G. Spencer, FreetownRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2014 | The Republic

    Survivors include her mother, Erma Roath Lucas of Brownstown; a son, Roger D. Spencer of Brownstown; a twin sister, Janice G. Goss of Freetown; one grandson; and one great-grandson. Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown with Pastor Jeff Patterson officiating.


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