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  • U.S. Biotechs to Speed Work on Nipah Vaccine as Virus Hits India A global coalition set up a year ago to fight epidemics has struck a $25 million deal with two U.S. biotech companies to accelerate work on a vaccine against the brain-damaging Nipah virus that has killed 12 people in India.
  • Why the World Needs More Than One Ebola Vaccine In the life-and-death race to make the first effective vaccine against Ebola, one company - Merck - seems bound to win.
  • 'Don't Touch the Bodies': Racing to Stop Ebola Spread in Congo Hundreds of volunteers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set out on foot and motorbike to teach Ebola safety in a drive aid agencies say could be key to containing a deadly outbreak.
  • U.S. to Send Experimental Ebola Treatment to Congo U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday they were preparing to send an experimental Ebola treatment to the Democratic Republic of Congo for use in a clinical trial aimed at stemming an outbreak in the country that has spread to Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people.
  • Three Ebola Patients Escape Congo Quarantine Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka, an aid group said, as medics raced to stop the disease spreading in the teeming river port.
  • Two More Die of Ebola in Congo; Seven New Cases Confirmed Two more people have died from Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday, as aid agencies battled to persuade sceptical residents about the severity of an outbreak that has killed 27 since April.
  • Congo Begins Giving Experimental Ebola Vaccine to Medics Congo began administering an experimental Ebola vaccine to medical staff in the northwestern city of Mbandaka on Monday to tackle an outbreak of the virus believed to have killed 26 people since early April.
  • Ebola Preparedness Much Better Now Than for 2014 Outbreak - WHO The spread of Ebola to a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo is worrying but the outlook is much more optimistic than when a major outbreak was reported in West Africa in 2014, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday.
  • First Ebola Vaccines Given as WHO Seeks to Beat Congo Outbreak A vaccination campaign aimed at beating an outbreak of Ebola in Congo began on Monday in the port city of Mbandaka, where four cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.
  • In Congo Outbreak, Ebola Vaccine Faces Reality Tests An experimental Ebola vaccine to be deployed in an outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has conquered some major scientific hurdles in giving high protection, but it now faces extreme real-world tests including heat, humidity, language barriers and lack of roads.
  • WHO Says Congo Faces 'Very High' Risk From Ebola Outbreak Democratic Republic of Congo faces a "very high" public health risk from Ebola because the disease has been confirmed in a patient in a big city, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, raising its assessment from "high" previously.
  • Congo Receives First Doses of Ebola Vaccine Amid Outbreak The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the airport.
  • WHO Gets Approval to Use Ebola Vaccine in Democratic Republic of Congo The World Health Organization has been given the go-ahead by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
  • Ebola Virus Wreaks Widespread Damage to Retina In Ebola virus survivors, high-resolution imaging of the retina suggests that damage extends beyond scarring and may involve neuronal pathways, researchers say.
  • WHO Hopes to Use Ebola Vaccine for Outbreak in Congo The World Health Organization said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital of 1 million people.
  • Health Charity Wellcome Pledges Funds for Ebola in Congo Britain's Wellcome Trust global health charity called for a rapid response to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has pledged 2 million pounds ($2.7 mln)to support Kinshasa's efforts to fight it.
  • Nigeria Increases Airport Screenings After Ebola Outbreak in Congo Nigeria has increased screening tests at airports and other points of entry as a precautionary measure following an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the immigration service said on Thursday.
  • First Reported Deaths in Congo Ebola Outbreak Came in January -WHO Cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo that is facing an Ebola epidemic as far back as December and the first deaths were reported in January, a spokesman for the World Health Organization said in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and at least 10 more cases are suspected, the head of the national institute for biological research, Jean Jack Muyembe, said on Tuesday.
  • Paul Farmer, MD, Wins National Academy of Sciences' Top Honor Farmer is the winner of the 2018 Public Welfare Medal for pioneering enduring, community-based programs that provide high-quality healthcare in resource-poor settings around the world.

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