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You Could Have Ebola and Not Even Know It

Up to 25% of infections may be 'minimally symptomatic'

(Newser) - Ebola doesn't always show itself through fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. A new PLOS study finds that some people with the virus show mild or no symptoms at all—a potential concern for preventing its spread. Researchers who visited the village of Sukudu in Sierra Leone, a hot spot in... More »

Roundest, Most Rectangular Nations Are on the Same Continent

Congratulations Egypt and Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Information that could come in handy in bar bet: Egypt is the most rectangular country on Earth, while Sierra Leone is the roundest. These odd findings began with a post at papubhary.com , which explains that a friend's comment about how Turkey was "remarkably rectangular" got the author... More »

New Ebola Death Confirmed Hours After Outbreak Declared Over

Virus claims life in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Hours after the World Health Organization declared an end to the Ebola outbreak that has plagued West Africa for some two years, officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday confirmed a new death from the virus, BBC reports. The WHO has warned, the BBC notes, that flare-ups are expected. "We... More »

Days After Last Sierra Leone Patient, Ebola Rises Again

New death confirmed just as country has released last patient

(Newser) - Health officials in Sierra Leone today confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country's north came back positive for the... More »

Ebola Survivor Who Lost 21 Relatives Has Baby Boy

Victoria Yillia gives birth in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day. She delivered her child just a few minutes' walk from the ward where just last year she had hovered between life and... More »

US Worker Contracts Ebola; 10 Colleagues Evacuated

They cared for patient already being treated at NIH

(Newser) - Ten clinicians with a Boston-based nonprofit responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are to be transported to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease. Partners in Health said in a statement yesterday that the medical workers would be evacuated on non-commercial... More »

Sierra Leone's Sitting VP Requests US Asylum

Samuel Sam-Sumana got kicked out of his own party last week

(Newser) - Sierra Leone's vice president says he is seeking asylum from the United States after soldiers came to his house and disarmed his security team. Samuel Sam-Sumana said he did not feel safe after top officials with the presidential guard informed him that his security team was being disarmed on... More »

As Ebola Wanes, US Clinics Become Ghost Towns

Treatment centers in Liberia were built on worst-case scenario that never happened

(Newser) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has shrunk dramatically, with an average of fewer than one new case reported each day last week. Nowhere is the drastic improvement more clear than in the many treatment centers the US has built in Liberia. They're full of empty beds, and some... More »

Ebola Doctor in Africa Dies as Drug Arrives

Leading Sierra Leone physician was about to get medicine from Canada

(Newser) - A physician described as Sierra Leone's leading Ebola doctor is dead after contracting the illness, reports the Guardian . If the news sounds familiar, it might be because of this depressing stat: Victor Willoughby, 67, is the 11th Sierra Leone doctor to die of the virus. His death has a... More »

In Sierra Leone, Ebola Teams Hunt for the Sick

Country's latest move against a 'vicious enemy'

(Newser) - Ebola surveillance teams fanned out today in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown to search for sick people, as the president imposed new restrictions on movement and gatherings in a bid to stop the disease's spread. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched "Operation Western Area Surge" in a national... More »

How an American Patient Changed Ebola Treatment

Despite ordeal, Dr. Ian Crozier plans to return to West Africa

(Newser) - Doctors feared an American colleague flown to Atlanta for Ebola treatment would die—and he nearly did. But Ian Crozier, a Rhodesia-born doctor who treated patients in Sierra Leone, has lived to tell his tale to the New York Times , which reports that his treatment in Atlanta has helped change... More »

Surgeon With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska for Treatment

Martin Salia may be sicker than previous US patients

(Newser) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska today 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 this afternoon and... More »

Nebraska to Get Its 3rd Ebola Patient

A US surgeon originally from Sierra Leone contracted the disease there

(Newser) - At least five doctors in Sierra Leone—one of three West African nations at the heart of the worst Ebola outbreak in history—have died after contracting the virus while treating patients. Now a surgeon from Sierra Leone who is a permanent resident of the US is being flown to... More »

Quarantined Nurse: NJ Treated Me Like a 'Criminal'

Kaci Hickox put through wringer, despite testing negative for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox had "spent a month watching children die, alone," in Sierra Leone, where the 33-year-old nurse was working with Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders. On Friday, she flew into New Jersey's Newark airport—and straight into a bureaucratic quagmire that underscores the nation's struggle... More »

NY, NJ to Require Quarantine After Ebola Contact

Health workers returning from West Africa face 'automatic' new rule

(Newser) - The governors of New Jersey and New York today ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other arriving travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. The move comes after a New York City doctor who returned to the US from treating Ebola victims in... More »

Travelers From West Africa Can Only Arrive at 5 US Airports

Those coming from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to go through special screening

(Newser) - In a move that may quell some of the fears of Ebola breaking out around the US, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that all travelers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—the region in West Africa where at least 4,500 people have died from the disease,... More »

$140K of Ebola Supplies Sit Unused in Sierra Leone

Party politics may be preventing access to shipment

(Newser) - A shipping container full of much-needed supplies to fight Ebola arrived in Sierra Leone almost two months ago—and it's still sitting on the docks, the New York Times reports. In a period that has seen hundreds die, some $140,000 worth of protective gear, mattresses, and stretchers has... More »

Sierra Leone Imposes Nationwide Curfew Over Ebola

Most will have to stay at home for 3 days

(Newser) - The government of Sierra Leone has started a three-day curfew to combat the spread of Ebola, resulting in empty streets in the capital city of Freetown and elsewhere. Aid workers and volunteers are conducting a door-to-door campaign across the nation of some 6 million people, warning residents of the dangers... More »

US Ebola Contribution: 3K Military, $750M

'Significant' response will train hundreds of health workers, build hospitals

(Newser) - As part of his promised "scaled-up response" to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Obama is expected to announce during a visit to the CDC today that the US will be sending 3,000 military personnel in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the... More »

US Military to Join Ebola Offensive

Outbreak kills 4th doctor in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - The US military is set to join the battle against an enemy other than ISIS: the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa. President Obama is expected to outline what officials describe as a "scaled-up" response to the outbreak this week, reports the Wall Street Journal , which... More »

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