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  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Dec 27, 2019

    Congolese Woman, 41, Dies After Entering US Border Custody

    A 41-year-old Congolese asylum seeker died Wednesday in U.S. government custody shortly after she entered a border station in South Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

    CBP says the woman, who the agency did not identify, had arrived at an official port of entry in Laredo, Texas, early Tuesday afternoon.

  • Afghanistan Nov 25, 2019

    More Polio Cases Now Caused by Vaccine Than by Wild Virus

    Four African countries have reported new cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine, as global health numbers show there are now more children being paralyzed by viruses originating in vaccines than in the wild. In a report late last week, the World Health Organization and partners noted nine new polio cases caused by the vaccine in Nigeria, Congo, Central...

  • King Oct 29, 2019

    How Do You Save Endangered Gorillas? With Lots of Human Help

    Alarmed by rising rates of poaching and deforestation in central Africa, famed American primatologist Dian Fossey, once predicted mountain gorillas could go extinct by 2000. Instead, a concerted and sustained conservation campaign has averted the worst and given a second chance to these great apes, which share about 98% of human DNA. Last fall, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation...

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Hundreds of Migrants Corralled at Detention Center in Mexico

    Hundreds of migrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America found themselves corralled in a migrant detention facility in southern Mexico on Sunday after a futile attempt to head north as part of a caravan aiming to reach the United States. The group set out before sunrise Saturday from the town of Tapachula, where many had been marooned for months...

  • executive director Oct 10, 2019

    Global Fund Raises $13.92 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB, Malaria

    An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday. The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Bono of the rock band U2 “committed to raise at least a further $100 million...

  • Associated Press Sep 22, 2019

    UN Agency: Tanzania Not Sharing Details on Ebola-Like Cases

    The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement Saturday says Tanzania’s government “despite several requests” is refusing to share the results of its investigations...

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Mexico Declares Success Slowing Migrant Flow as US Border Crossings Decline

    Mexico says the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen by 56 percent since an agreement with U.S. officials three months ago to reduce the flow. Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard declared the measures a success Friday. He also said the deployment of the National Guard has generated few complaints about human rights violations.

  • The Associated Press Aug 12, 2019

    Early Study Results Suggest 2 Ebola Treatments Saving Lives

    Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where a yearlong outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people. The early results mark “some...

  • Atlanta Aug 2, 2019

    Former Ebola Patients Calls Attention to Current Outbreak

    As the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history rages in Congo, a doctor who survived the deadly disease five years ago worries that people aren’t paying enough attention. “We need the United States government and the international community to step up in a bigger way to come to the assistance of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo to...

  • Brazilian Real Aug 1, 2019

    2nd Person Dies From Ebola in Congo’s City of Goma

    A second person died Wednesday of Ebola in Congo’s major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country’s borders as the outbreak enters a second year. The man may never have known he had Ebola and was contagious for days before the illness was confirmed, officials said — alarming some in the city of...

  • The Associated Press Jul 20, 2019

    War-Weakened South Sudan Tries to Prepare for Ebola

    With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention efforts. The World Health Organization on Wednesday made the emergency declaration for the year-old outbreak, a...

  • Associated Press Jul 17, 2019

    Ebola Outbreak in Congo Declared a Global Health Emergency

    The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after the virus spread this week to a city of 2 million people. A WHO expert committee had declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to make the declaration for this outbreak, which other experts say has...

  • food Jul 16, 2019

    African Man Escaped a Massacre, But Death Followed

    When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling journey starting in South America and extending through eight countries to safety in the United States. They slept along roads or in the jungle....

  • The Associated Press Jun 18, 2019

    Porous Border Could Hinder Efforts to Stem Spread of Ebola

    Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the deadly Ebola virus, and hindering efforts to control the current outbreak in eastern Congo, which has killed more than 1,400 people. The busy...

  • Administrator Jun 15, 2019

    Ugandan Medics Now Tackling Ebola Say They Lack Supplies

    The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. And when the second person in this Uganda border town died after the virus outbreak spread from neighboring Congo , the hospital for several hours couldn’t find a vehicle to take away the body. “We...

  • The Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Ugandan Medics Now Tackling Ebola Say They Lack Supplies

    The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. And when the second person in this Uganda border town died after the virus outbreak spread from neighboring Congo , the hospital for several hours couldn’t find a vehicle to take away the body. “We...

  • Family Jun 13, 2019

    Congo Pastor Likely Sparked Ebola Outbreak Spread to Uganda

    The Congolese pastor who is thought to have caused the Ebola outbreak’s spread into Uganda was unknown to health officials before he died of the disease, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Thursday. That underlines the problems in tracking the virus as a WHO expert panel on Friday discusses whether to declare a global health emergency. As a third...

  • World Health Organization Jun 13, 2019

    2nd Ebola Death in Uganda After Outbreak Exits Congo

    A second person infected with the Ebola virus has died in Uganda, the health ministry said Thursday, after a family exposed to the disease quietly crossed the border from Congo. The first cross-border cases in this Ebola outbreak — the second-deadliest in history — have prompted a World Health Organization expert committee to meet on Friday to discuss whether to...

  • The Associated Press Jun 12, 2019

    5-Year-Old Dies of Ebola as Outbreak Crosses Congo Border

    A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim in the current Ebola outbreak on Wednesday, while his 3-year-old brother and grandmother tested positive for the disease that has killed nearly 1,400 people in Congo. The outbreak’s spread into Uganda prompted the World Health Organization to revisit whether the second-largest Ebola epidemic in history should be declared a global...

  • United States Apr 22, 2019

    Park Ranger Strikes a Selfie Pose With Gorillas

    A park ranger snapped a selfie with two orphaned gorillas and the image posted to Facebook has provided a glimpse into the work of conservationists and the intriguing behavior of animals in Africa. The image captured was just “another day at the office” for park ranger Mathieu Shamavu of the Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers in Virunga National Park...

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