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Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?

LONDON, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region. full report

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma

NEW YORK, 17 October 2014 (IRIN) - Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma. full report

Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?

FREETOWN, 16 October 2014 (IRIN) - On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer. full report

Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre

KENEMA, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance. full report

Ebola workers urge safety, solidarity

NAIROBI, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - Hanna Majanen summed it up best: "It is the things you do automatically that are difficult. People will touch their face, rub their eyes and bite their fingernails. These are the things you forget.” full report

In Sierra Leone’s Ebola hot zone: A series of reports

KENEMA/FREETOWN, 10 October 2014 (IRIN) - We set off by jeep from the capital Freetown for Kenema, 240km away. While there are Stop Ebola posters all over the capital, we see very few en route. Every 15 minutes or so we’re stopped at an Ebola monitoring checkpoint to have our temperatures taken and to wash our hands in chlorinated water. Thirteen in all - it’s enough to make anyone paranoid. full report

Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

MONROVIA/FREETOWN/KENEMA, 8 October 2014 (IRIN) - Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies. full report

Ebola and "the perfect storm"

LONDON, 24 September 2014 (IRIN) - The new figures from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola Response Team are sobering. If cases in the three worst affected countries continue to rise at the present rate, by the beginning of November more than 20,000 people in West Africa will have been infected. And despite earlier suggestions that this might be a less deadly strain of the Ebola virus, allowing half its victims to recover, the new figures show a much higher fatality rate, in the region of 70 percent. full report

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