Aug 24, 2014

First Briton contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

A Briton living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, the first Briton to fall victim to the deadly disease, which has spread across the West African region since March, the Department of Health said on Saturday. No further details were immediately available, ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

The ice bucket challenge is a charity stunt that has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet — but don’t look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ...

Aug 22, 2014

Two U.S. Ebola patients leave hospital as virus wiped out

Two U.S. health workers infected with Ebola in Liberia were released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after treatment there helped wipe out the deadly virus from their blood. Kent Brantly, a doctor, was discharged Thursday. Nancy Writebol, an aid worker, was released Aug. ...

Aug 21, 2014

George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge

Former U.S. President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge, then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s ...

Fears of Ebola slow tourist flow to Africa

Aug 21, 2014

Fears of Ebola slow tourist flow to Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips to Africa this year, especially Asians, including to destinations far from the nearest infected community such as Kenya and South Africa. Ebola, a hemorrhagic disease that can kill ...

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

Aug 21, 2014

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might ...

Aug 17, 2014

Scientists racing to test Ebola vaccines in humans

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines, but it won’t be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola, a ...