Tanzania denies hiding information on suspected Ebola cases

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Tanzania denied on Thursday it was withholding information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on suspected cases of Ebola, saying it was not hiding any outbreak of the deadly disease in the country. “Ebola is known as a fast-spreading disease, whose impact can be felt globally. This is

INSIGHT-Congo mine deploys digital weapons in fight against conflict minerals

* Companies need to show they use ‘clean’ minerals * Most traceability schemes now are paper based * New system deploys digital scanners to track minerals By Aaron Ross and Barbara Lewis RUBAYA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 1 (Reuters) – In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green

UPDATE 1-Japan to give Kenya about $860 mln in loans, grants for bridge, economic zone

(Adds details, background) By George Obulutsa NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Japan will give Kenya nearly $860 million in concessional loans and grants for the construction of a bridge in the port city of Mombasa and other infrastructure projects to support an economic zone there, Kenyan and Japanese officials said on Friday. Katsutoshi Komori, Japan’s

Tanzania tells WHO it has no Ebola cases – statement

NAIROBI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Tanzania has formally told the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has no cases of Ebola after a woman died there earlier this month from an unknown illness following Ebola-like symptoms, the organisation said on Wednesday. “This followed earlier rumours of the death of one person and illness in a

WHO investigating death in Tanzania due to unknown illness

NAIROBI, Sept 13 (Reuters) – A woman whose death in Tanzania is being investigated by the World Health Organization probably did not have Ebola, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. There is increased vigilance across the region because of an outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of

UPDATE 3-Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

* Death toll tops 2,000; confirmed & probable cases above 3,000 * Teams struggling to curb virus in remote, conflict-hit areas * Congo girl dies in neighbouring Uganda * Community mistrust also a problem for health workers * here (Adds data on infection rate, quote, background) By Djaffar Al Katanty and Aaron Ross GOMA, Democratic

UPDATE 1-Congolese girl, 9, dies of Ebola in Uganda – hospital official

(Recasts with death of patient, changes story to HEALTH-EBOLA/UGANDA) By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A 9-year-old girl has died of Ebola in the East African nation of Uganda, a hospital official said, a day after she tested positive for the disease after crossing the border from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Uganda says latest Ebola patient to be returned to Congo

KAMPALA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Uganda said on Friday a young girl who tested positive for Ebola after crossing the border from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be sent back to her country for treatment. The haemorrhagic disease has killed at least 1,800 people in a year-long outbreak in the Congo, and sparked

Congo has given over 200,000 people Merck Ebola vaccine-gov’t

GOMA, Congo, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Congolese authorities and health workers vaccinated more than 200,000 people against Ebola in August, the government said on Sunday, using a Merck vaccine they hope will help rein in the world’s second worst epidemic. Figures released by the government’s Ebola committee showed that 204,044 people had been inoculated since

Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo – WHO

* Currently no Ebola cases in Goma * Mystery over infection of elderly woman in remote area * Outbreak claims second biggest toll in disease’s history By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of