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The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is totally unprecedented.

The ongoing Ebola outbreak poses an alarming risk to the countries of West Africa and beyond. To assess the effectiveness of containment strategies, we developed a stochastic model of Ebola transmission between and within the general community, hospitals, and funerals, calibrated to incidence data from Liberia. We find that a combined approach of case isolation, contact tracing with quarantine and sanitary funeral practices must be implemented with utmost urgency in order to reverse the growth of the outbreak.

Days after the Prime Minister stepped-in directing the Cabinet Secretary to assess country’s preparedness to tackle Ebola, the Union health ministry has beefed up preparations to keep the virus at

The fact that not everyone with Ebola virus disease (EVD) has died during the ongoing outbreak in West Africa, with an estimated case fatality rate of 70.8% by September 2014, suggests that some kind of immunity to this virus is possible. If left unchecked, this scenario will undoubtedly shift to a higher figure, as health-care conditions in many of the countries affected may not always enable infected hosts to recover.

Even as deadly Ebola continues to spread its wings, pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccines are committed to ramp up production capacity for millions of doses to be available in 2015.

A substantial scale-up in public health response is needed to control the unprecedented Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic in west Africa. Current international commitments seek to expand intervention capacity in three areas: new EVD treatment centres, case ascertainment through contact tracing, and household protective kit allocation. The researchers aimed to assess how these interventions could be applied individually and in combination to avert future EVD cases and deaths.

A high-level emergency meeting, convened by the World Health Organization at the request of several governments and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, was held on 23 October to look at the many complex policy issues that surround eventual access to experimental Ebola vaccines.

The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent

The World Health Organisation's emergency committee on Ebola will meet on Wednesday to review the scope of the outbreak and whether additional measures are needed, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday

China on Monday announced a new batch of $6-million donation to the United States World Food Program’s emergency operation to assist 1.3 billion people impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak in the t