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Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

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The World Health Organization says as of Wednesday the number of patients has risen to 28, with the sickness still unexplained although Ebola and Lassa fever have been ruled out

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 5, 2017) — Evidence suggests a mysterious illness that has killed 12 people in Liberia is linked to food or drink poisoning and is not a viral infection, the UN said on Friday, May 5, confirming 3 new cases. Continue reading Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

WHO says Sierra Leone Ebola flare-up over

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FLARE-UP OVER. A picture taken on November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown. File photo by Francisco Leong/AFP
The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Mar. 18, 2016) — The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone has ended, leaving no confirmed cases of the virus in West Africa, the United Nations said Thursday, March 17, hailing it as a “milestone.”

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109 quarantined in Sierra Leone after new Ebola death

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FIGHTING THE DISEASE. Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 2013. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP
Of the 109 who had been in contact with the victim, 28 are considered ‘high risk’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 17, 2016) — Sierra Leone’s government on Saturday, January 16, urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic.

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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after all clear

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NEW EBOLA CASE. The World Health Organization confirms a new death from Ebola virus, a day after it announced the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak was over. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
‘We can confirm the Ebola case in Sierra Leone,’ the World Health Organization says after a 22-year-old female student near the Guinean border died 3 days ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — The World Health Organization on Friday, January 15, confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a day after West Africa celebrated halting the spread of the virus.

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Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear

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In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA
A senior health ministry official says complete findings will be made known to the public on Friday, January 15

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, January 14 just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

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WHO declares world’s worst-ever Ebola outbreak over

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The World Health Organization stresses, however, that ‘the job is not over,’ warning ‘more flare-ups are expected’

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 14, 2016) — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday, January 14, that the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged west Africa for two years was over after Liberia, the last affected country, received the all-clear.

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West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

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ECONOMIC COST. A mother and her child walk past a mural about the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, August 1, 2015. The Ebola outbreak, set to be officially declared over on January 14, 2016, also led to economic losses in affected countries. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
The mining, agriculture, and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 13, 2016) — Gold miner Dauda Kamanda has never been rich, but before Ebola hit Sierra Leone he was getting by selling the nuggets he unearthed to traders who exported them across Africa and the Middle East.

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WHO to declare Ebola outbreak over

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BEATING THE VIRUS. Liberian Ebola survivors, Nathan Gbotoe (2-L), and his son, Abraham Gbotoe (C), walk away during the discharging ceremony from the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia, December 3, 2015. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
The World Health Organization’s announcement is expected on January 14, with Liberia in the clear

MONROVIA, Liberia (Jan. 13, 2016) — The two-year Ebola epidemic which laid waste to communities across West Africa and killed more than 11,000 people is due to be declared over Thursday, January 14, with Liberia expecting the all-clear.

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