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# West Africa

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# West Africa
New monkeypox strain identified in UK, health officials say risk to public is 'very low'
Contact tracing is being conducted to establish if there are any further linked cases.
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# Guinea
First case of Ebola-like Marburg disease recorded in West Africa
The virus is carried by bats and has a fatality rate of up to 88%.
# Burkina Faso
Irish Government investigating reports of missing Irish journalist in Burkina Faso after convoy attack
The Department of Foreign Affairs are investigating the report and are seeking to establish the identity of the missing man.
# new elections
Mali president resigns after military coup
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government had been beset by months of protests.
# West Africa
Two French soldiers killed in operation to free four hostages in Burkina Faso
One American, one Korean and two French hostages were freed in the operation.
# West Africa
Exiled Gambian leader 'stole millions' from country in his final weeks of power
Yahya Jammeh flew out of The Gambia on Saturday.
# bottom line
Ivory Coast likes big butts and it cannot lie
The country’s fashion for large bottoms leads to some people taking drastic measures.
# child marriage
'Two weeks ago my dad married me to a 70-year-old man who already has five wives'
In Burkina Faso, children as young as nine are being forced into marriage.
# hate it when that happens
This Senegalese bird might have taken a wrong turn at the Ivory Coast and ended up in Cork...
… in all likelihood though, the bird probably has an owner in the local area.
Opinion: 'The outbreak has brought an unmatched level of fear and panic'
The Ebola response appears to finally be working. But Sierra Leone has never faced an enemy like this before – the crisis has been devastating.
# world vision
WATCH: The aftermath of a teenager's Ebola death
A suspicion of vaccines and stigma around Ebola can have devastating affects.
# Sniffer Dog
Stella strikes again: More cannabis found labelled 'food and spices'... a LOT more
She’s a great madra altogether.
Opinion: Healthcare apartheid is unacceptable – there can be no 'them and us'
Solutions do not come easy, but Ebola transmission can be stopped.
# Outbreak
Sperm can carry Ebola for at least 82 days --- WHO
Studies showed that three men who had recovered from Ebola still had the live virus in their semen for over a month after the onset of symptoms.
# on a jetplane
These "heroes" will man the first Irish-run Ebola treatment centre in West Africa
The centre was built by the UK Government.
# Vroom vroom
Are German motorbikes the key to fighting Ebola?
The bikes have been sent to west Africa.
# West Africa
Will clinical trials for Ebola treatment stop its deadly spread?
Drug and blood-based trials will begin in West Africa next month.
# Virus
New York Mayor declares city Ebola-free alongside cured patient
Mali, however, has recorded just its second death.
# mission
Here's why a very small number of Irish troops are off to Sierra Leone
The move got Cabinet approval today.
# Good News
Zero... That's how many Ebola patients are being treated right now at one centre in Liberia
Progress is being made in the battle against the disease in the African nation. Another 250-bed centre is treating around 50 patients.
Judge says nurse who refused Ebola quarantine can now leave home
The judge said that Kaci Hickox is not infectious.
# United Nations
Ireland is giving another €1m to help the global fight against Ebola
To date, Ireland has provided direct funding of almost €3 million to help fight the deadly virus.
# Border Control
Australia is not allowing anyone from Ebola-hit nations into the country
It comes as a teenager arriving from Guinea and put into isolation has tested negative for the disease.
# Outbreak
Five questions that everyone has about Ebola
Where did it come from? And how can it be overcome?
# Death
Two-year-old girl dies of Ebola in Mali's first case
The girl had recently returned to Mali from neighbouring Guinea.
# public health emergency
The chances of Ebola reaching Ireland? 'Very low'
That’s according to the National Public Health Emergency Team.
Visitors to the US from West Africa can only land at five airports
This will allow authorities to focus their health checks.
# Exposure
Without exit screenings, 3 people with Ebola would fly out of West Africa every month
New research has also found that screening people leaving West Africa is far more efficient than screening those arriving at other countries.
Column: What is life like in a city hit by Ebola? An Irish voice from Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a very friendly, sociable place but that is changing. People are avoiding church and the mosque, and shops have chlorine buckets outside for people to wash their hands before they enter.
# New Appeal
$100,000 ... That's all the UN has in its dedicated Ebola trust fund
The cash, which came from Colombia, is a tiny fraction of the $1 billion that the UN has estimated it needs to fight the epidemic.
# status update
Mark Zuckerberg is donating €20 million to stop Ebola from 'becoming like HIV'
Facebook’s CEO said that the virus must be brought under control soon, before it becomes a “long-term global health crisis”.
# nina pham
US Ebola patient takes to Twitter to thank people for the "good vibes"
Meanwhile, a second US patient, Nina Pham, said she was “blessed”.
# happy tail
Dog of Texas nurse with Ebola won't be put down
There was uproar when it was suggested that the dog of a Spanish Ebola patient be put down.
# Training
Irish health expert: 'All our hospitals have to be ready for Ebola'
The Director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said we’ve moved into an emergency plan.
# Virus
British airports to introduce Ebola screening
Downing Street confirmed the move today in a bid to help stop the deadly virus from spreading,
# West Africa
NBC cameraman with Ebola arrives in US for treatment
Pictured is Dr Mitchell Levy, father of the patient, Ashoka Mukpo.
# Outbreak
Number of Ebola cases could hit 20,000 within weeks
Members of the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Health are set to meet with NGOs to discuss the issue tomorrow.
# call to action
Obama says the Ebola crisis is 'spiralling out of control'
The American president ordered 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis.
# end the outbreak
Obama orders 3,000 US troops to West Africa to 'turn the tide' on Ebola
The current outbreak has killed 2,400 people so far.
Opinion: 'The lockdown of Sierre Leone won't have a significant impact in dealing with Ebola'
All the Ebola treatment centres in Sierra Leone are currently full; they simply cannot take any more patients, writes Darren Hanniffy.