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August 14, 2014 1:59 PM Are normal medical ethics valid in fight to halt spread of Ebola?

Taking a new drug from conception through to market can take up to 15 years. But what happens when an outbreak of a deadly virus makes scientists and doctors consider putting regulation and ethics to one side? The Ebola virus outbreak currently raging in Africa has caused Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to describe the situation as a “national emergency 16

August 13, 2014 11:39 PM Nigeria was prepared before first Ebola virus case, says Chukwu

AS part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and brainstorm on new strategies, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) on Monday convened a two-day emergency National Council on Health (NCH) meeting and commissioned the National Trauma Centre. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, at a press conference on Ebola Virus 35

August 13, 2014 11:00 PM Why the U.S. Can’t Automatically Retaliate in Cyberspace, Yet

To hear Edward Snowden tell it, the secret program that finally drove the former National Security Agency contractor to leak sensitive documents would have allowed the U.S. to retaliate automatically against foreign cyberattacks. But MonsterMind, as Snowden says the project was called, would face one big hurdle: The White House and Pentagon are not believed 35

August 13, 2014 5:21 PM Leading doctor in Ebola fight dies from disease as untested drugs debated

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE—A leading physician in Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said Wednesday, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment. Ultimately, doctors decided against using the drug and he died before he could be airlifted out of the country. There was very little 30

August 13, 2014 4:33 PM Canada sends trial Ebola vaccine to W Africa

North American country sends up to a thousand doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to be distributed in West Africa. Canada is sending up to 1,000 doses of an experimental vaccine to West Africa to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) fight the Ebola epidemic, the country's health minister announced. Minister Rona Ambrose said on Wednesday between 21

August 13, 2014 8:34 AM Ebola: Avoid handshakes to limit infections – Ghana Medical Association

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has warned people to avoid handshakes to protect them from contracting deadly infections. This comes amid growing panic over the spread of the viral haemorrhagic fever, Ebola, in West Africa. “We are urging all to be wary of handshakes, particularly, at public gatherings in view of the infectious nature of the disease 14

August 13, 2014 7:26 AM OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak - News -

MADRID, Spain (AP) — The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared it's ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental treatment has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available. The last of the drug is on its way to Liberia for two stricken doctors 12

August 13, 2014 3:46 AM Ethics of untried Ebola drugs mulled

LONDON — It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation (WHO) panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but warned supplies would be limited. The panel said any provision of experimental Ebola medicines would require "informed consent, freedom 17

August 13, 2014 12:14 AM Ghana, Niger, Mali borders prone to Ebola spread

The borders of Ghana, Niger and Mali are vulnerable to possible spread of the Ebola virus as passengers moving into Ghana say there are no health or immigration officials to screen travelers of the deadliest disease. Station officers and passengers at the Niger and Mali lorry terminals at Tema Station in Accra said the borders are porous and officials 11

August 12, 2014 6:34 PM It's ethical to try untested Ebola medicines, says WHO

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, a health worker examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent, at the Kenema Government Hospital around186 miles from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff) The World Health Organization declared Tuesday that it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines 17