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Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who kept him in her hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later herself died from the disease. They then set about trying to contain it in an overcrowded city of 21...

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the Spanish government says. The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola. Romero contracted the virus when...

TACKLING EBOLA

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

The High Court today asked the government to take necessary steps to screen all inbound passengers at air, land and sea ports with the help of armed forces to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country. The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why a directive will not...

Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria, Boko Haram 'agree ceasefire'

Nigeria's military says it has agreed a truce with Islamist militant group Boko Haram and the schoolgirls it has abducted will be released. Nigeria's chief of defence staff, Alex Badeh, made the announcement. Boko Haram has not made a public statement. The military has struggled to defeat Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency...

US experts inspect Ebola screening at Dhaka airport

US experts inspect Ebola screening at Dhaka airport

A US team today visited the international airport in Dhaka to inspect Bangladesh’s preparations to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country. The team comprises of experts of the US Centre for Disease Control, a US Embassy official, an expert of the icddr,b and local health experts, said Dr. Rezia Akhter Begum,...

UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

A UN employee infected with Ebola has died at a hospital in Germany. Doctors at the hospital in Leipzig said the man, 56, died despite receiving experimental drugs to treat the virus. The outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people since March - mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The World Health Organization described...

Boko Haram releases 27 hostages in Cameroon

Boko Haram releases 27 hostages in Cameroon

Cameroon's president has said that 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese workers, held by suspected Boko Haram militants have been released. Also freed was the wife of Cameroon's Vice-Prime Minister Amadou Ali. President Paul Biya said that the hostages, seized in May and July close to the Nigeria border, were safe. Boko Haram is seeking to establish...

Nigeria 'uses torture officers to extract confessions'

Nigeria 'uses torture officers to extract confessions'

Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says. Both the military and police use a wide range of torture methods including beatings, nail and teeth extractions and other sexual violence, it says. One woman accused of theft said she was sexually...

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

Twelve Nigerian soldiers have been sentenced to death for mutiny and attempted murder after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri in May. The soldiers were angry after a convoy was ambushed on a road frequently targeted by Islamist Boko Haram militants. Five other soldiers were acquitted and one...

Why Ebola is so dangerous

Why Ebola is so dangerous

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world's deadliest to date and the World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as more than 1,000 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year. What is Ebola? Ebola is a viral illness of which the initial symptoms...

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