10-27 | Forced quarantine of asymptomatic health workers returning from fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not grounded on scientific evidence and could undermine efforts to curb the epidemic at its source, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today (27 October 2014). Diligent health monitoring of returnees from Ebola affected countries is preferable to coercive isolation of asymptomatic individuals. "There are othe
10-24 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) confirmed today (24 October 2014)that one of its international staff members who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The staff member, an American citizen, was placed in isolation on Thursday, 23 October at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, after developing a fever.
10-24 | Interview on experimental treatments and vaccines with Dr Bertrand Draguez, Medical Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)Dr Bertrand Draguez is MSF's Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?
10-9 | On 29 September, a Ugandan man, aged about thirty and presenting symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, died in a hospital in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. On 4th October, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the man's blood tests had revealed contamination by Marburg fever.
10-8 | Following a new spike in Ebola cases in Guinea's capital, Conakry, MSF's Ebola management centre is approaching full capacity Conakry – the first major city to be affected by the West Africa Ebola outbreak – is currently seeing a massive spike in cases. In July, case numbers appeared to decrease in Guinea, suggesting the end of the outbreak might be near.