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Feb 19, 2003

Feb 19, 2003

Hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Congo confirmed as Ebola

(CIDRAP News) – As the death toll from hemorrhagic fever in the Congo continued to climb, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday that the disease is Ebola virus infection.

The disease had claimed the lives of 59 people out of 73 infected as of yesterday, WHO officials said in a statement. An Associated Press report put the toll higher: 67 deaths among 80 cases.

May 24, 2004

May 24, 2004

19 cases of Ebola fever reported in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – Nineteen cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, with four deaths, have been reported in southern Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

The Kenya Medical Research Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Ebola virus as the cause of the cases, the WHO said.

Jun 01, 2004

Jun 01, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan grows to 25 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan has increased to 25 cases with six deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

The WHO had reported 19 cases and four deaths May 24 when it first confirmed the outbreak in Yambio County of Sudan's Western Equatoria province. The agency said it is continuing to help with surveillance, case management, and follow-up with contacts of patients.

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

WHO reports 30 Ebola cases in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan had increased to 30 cases with seven deaths as of yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

The outbreak has grown slowly since it was reported in Yambio County of Western Equatoria province in May, according to WHO reports. The agency originally reported 19 cases with four deaths on May 24. By Jun 7 officials said there were 28 cases with seven deaths.

Jun 18, 2004

Jun 18, 2004

Ebola outbreak in Sudan contained

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

12 apparent Ebola cases reclassified as measles

(CIDRAP News) – Twelve of the 30 recent cases of a disease thought to be Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Sudan have been reclassified as measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Aug 09, 2004

Aug 09, 2004

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Sudan over

(CIDRAP News) – The recent Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Sudan has ended after 17 cases with seven deaths, signaling a remarkably successful containment effort, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Sep 29, 2005

Sep 29, 2005

UN names global coordinator for flu threats

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations today signaled a new level of concern about avian influenza and the risk of a flu pandemic by naming a special coordinator of all UN responses to the situation.

Dr. David Nabarro, a British public health expert with the World Health Organization (WHO), was named to the new job of "UN system coordinator for avian and human influenza."

Apr 18, 2006

Apr 18, 2006

China has avian flu case; virus hits poultry in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – A Chinese man in Hubei province has contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus, while the pathogen has struck poultry in Sudan for the first time, according to news services.

Apr 19, 2006

Apr 19, 2006

WHO assesses Sudan's avian flu, confirms 2 cases elsewhere

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) team is reported to be in Sudan today to help the impoverished country respond to H5N1 avian influenza, which was confirmed there for the first time yesterday.

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