Feb 5, 2016

Government upgrades Zika response, makes reporting mandatory

The health ministry said Friday it is stepping up surveillance of the Zika virus and from Feb. 15 will require doctors to report infections to public health centers. Designation of diseases in this way is usually the result of consideration by a specialist panel ...

Jan 23, 2015

Sierra Leone ends Ebola bonuses for health workers

Sierra Leone said on Thursday it was ending the “risk allowances” it has been paying to thousands of health care workers on the front line of its battle with Ebola. Steven Ngauja, the head of the government’s response to the outbreak, told reporters the ...

Oct 23, 2014

WHO: Ebola responsible for 4,877 deaths

Ebola is now believed to have killed 4,877 people globally and the spread of the lethal virus remains “persistent and widespread” in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In a new update, WHO also said there have been 9,936 probable, suspected and ...

Oct 18, 2014

WHO declares Senegal Ebola-free

The outbreak of Ebola in Senegal is officially over, but the West African country remains vulnerable to further cases of the deadly disease being imported, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Twice the maximum incubation period of 21 days, or 42 days, has ...