FILE - Health workers carry the body of an Ebola victim for burial Dec. 17, 2014, at a cemetery in Freetown.

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Public Health Experts Focus on Preventing Epidemicsi
Carol Pearson
September 04, 2015 9:48 PM
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa made it all the more clear that the best defense against infectious disease is a good defense. That is the goal for public health experts who will meet in Seoul next week: stopping future epidemics before they start. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with VOA’s Carol Pearson in Atlanta.

Video Public Health Experts Focus on Preventing Epidemics

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa made it all the more clear that the best defense against infectious disease is a good defense. That is the goal for public health experts who will meet in Seoul next week: stopping future epidemics before they start. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with VOA’s Carol Pearson in Atlanta.

Video Sierra Leone New Ebola Cases

In Sierra Leone, three more people have tested positive for Ebola from the same village the country’s northern Kambia district where a 67-year-old woman died last week from the virus. The latest outbreak temporarily dashed the country’s hopes of being declared Ebola-free following the release from the hospital late last month of the country’s last known Ebola patient. VOA’s Vincent Makori reports.

Video Ebola Vaccine Hailed as Highly Effective

At last, there's a way to end the suffering from the Ebola epidemic that has ravaged West Africa for more than a year. Researchers say the vaccine is so effective, there may never be a major outbreak of Ebola again. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Video Polio Campaign, Luck Helped Prevent Ebola Epidemic in Nigeria

Last year, a man sick with Ebola flew from Liberia to Nigeria. He passed the virus to others, and eight people died. But Nigeria was able to avoid an Ebola epidemic. VOA's Carol Pearson tells us this success can be attributed in part to the country's polio eradication campaign.

Video Liberians Frustrated, Confused by Ebola's Return

Liberians are worried by at least three new cases of Ebola that have emerged since their country had been declared free of the disease. But health officials insist there is no need to panic. Mariama Diallo reports from Dakar.

Video Obstacles to Ending Ebola Remain in West Africa

A spike in the number of Ebola victims in Guinea has citizens and health officials in West Africa concerned about a possible return of the deadly disease. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Video Results from Phase One Trials of Ebola Vaccine in Kenya Called Promising

Initial results from Phase One trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine known as rVSV ZEBOV have shown that the vaccine is safe and generates an immune response against the deadly Ebola virus.  Lenny Ruvaga has more from the town of Kilifi.

Video Sierra Leone President Koroma Bemoans Ebola Impact on Economy

In an interview with VOA's Shaka Ssali on Wednesday, President Ernest Koroma said the outbreak undermined his government’s efforts to boost and restructure the economy after years of civil war.

Video Obama Pledges US Aid for Ebola Recovery Efforts

President Barack Obama is pledging more U.S. assistance to nations of West Africa as they recover from the devastating Ebola epidemic. The pledge came Wednesday, when Obama hosted the leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at the White House. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Video At Porous Liberian Border, Vigilant People Prevent Spread of Ebola

When Liberia reopened its borders earlier this year, many people felt it was premature with Ebola still rife in Sierra Leone and Guinea. The border is porous and hard to control under the best of times. Benno Muchler travelled there in Nimba Country and filed this report on how locals are dealing with the situation.

Video Struck by Ebola, A Village Six Months Later

Benno Muchler revisits Margibi County - returning to a village that was terribly affected during the height of the Ebola outbreak. He first went in September with a local burial team. Since then, more than a dozen villagers died. Survivors are devastated and complain about a lack of government help.

Video Liberia Decoration Day Brings Back Dark Memories of Ebola

Liberians this week observed Decoration Day - when they visit cemeteries to clean dead relatives’ graves and spend time with the departed. But Ebola has changed the observance this year. Some people’s relatives have no graves - they were cremated to stem the Ebola epidemic. Benno Muchler files from Margibi County with reporting from Prince Collins.

Video Sierra Leone Ebola Orphans Face Another Crisis

There's growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after a staff member and his wife died this week from Ebola. The Saint George Foundation Orphanage in Freetown is now in quarantine, with more than 20 children and seven staff in lock-down. The BBC has agreed to share Ebola-related material with Voice of America because of the difficulties faced by media organizations reporting the crisis. Clive Myrie reports from Sierra Leone.

Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

On her first trip to Washington since her country declared a state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak last July, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the difference American involvement made in the fight against the deadly virus. She also discussed the need for economic reconstruction and sustained investment in the region’s public health infrastructure to help prevent future outbreaks. VOA's Mariama Diallo reports.

Video US Troops Fighting Ebola Will Come Home, Obama Says

President Barack Obama has announced that nearly all of the remaining 1,300 U.S. troops fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will return home. The White House cites U.S. success in combating the epidemic, with a decline in the number of new cases in affected countries. VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.

Video Researchers Testing Drugs Against Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to be waning. But experts warn that it is not over, and it will not be the last one. The epidemic has put new urgency into finding effective therapies. Though a cure remains a long way away, VOA’s Steve Baragona says researchers are testing some novel approaches, as well as some old ones.

Video Governments, Competitors Cooperate to Produce Ebola Vaccine

The worst Ebola outbreak in history is in its second year, and scientists around the world are working to develop a vaccine against the virus. Since December of 2013, when the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, the World Health Organization reports more than 20,000 people have been infected with the virus, and of those, more than 8,000 people have died. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on two vaccines that are being developed.

Video Scientists Developing Faster, Easier Ebola Tests

Fast, cheap and easy-to-use tests are urgently needed to help control Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. And the tests need to work in places with extremely limited health care facilities. VOA’s Steve Baragona visited one researcher working on the problem at the U.S. Army’s infectious disease research lab, an hour from Washington.

Video Ebola Devastates W. Africa, Horrifies World in 2014

The Ebola virus rampaged through West Africa in 2014 and remains a humanitarian crisis. More than 20,000 people likely have been infected by the virus, which so far has killed at least 7,842. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.

Video Time Magazine Names Ebola Fighters as 2014 'Person of the Year'

Time magazine has chosen as its 2014 "Person of the Year" all of those engaged in fighting Ebola. Photos of five people representing doctors, nurses, aid workers and others who braved the virus to help victims in West Africa will grace the magazine's cover. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Board Game Helps Fight Real World Ebola

As doctors and scientists work to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and find a cure, a global community of board gamers is also helping to fight the deadly disease. As Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles, the goal is to raise money to help stop the spread of Ebola.

Video Scientist Who Helped Identify Ebola in 1976 Optimistic On Current Outbreak

The Ebola virus was identified in the 1970s in a tiny village in the Democratic Republic of Congo - where an intrepid team of researchers ventured to learn more. Among them was United States-born David Heymann, now a Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to the professor about his career, and his thoughts on the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Video Sierra Leonean in US Sends Medical Supplies Home to Combat Ebola

On Thanksgiving day in the United States, Americans give thanks for their blessings. Among them is Bobby Smith, who emigrated to here 25 years ago from Sierra Leone. To give back, three years ago Smith began a small volunteer organization, Hope for Lives in Sierra Leone, to help the disadvantaged in his homeland -- one of the poorest countries in the world. As VOA’s Deborah Block reports, he now is sending medical supplies to help combat Ebola, which continues to devastate Sierra Leone.

Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Hotel in Guangzhou Serves as China’s Loose Ebola Quarantine

Like many countries, China is taking extensive steps to keep the deadly Ebola virus from reaching its shores. But the government has released little information about just what those measures include. During a recent visit to China’s southern port Guangzhou, the city with the biggest African population in all of Asia, VOA’s Bill Ide got a first hand look at the hotel where travelers from Ebola hit countries are required to stay while being monitored by health workers.

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.

Video Better Protective Suit Sought for Ebola Caregivers

Since its outbreak in West Africa, Ebola has claimed more than 5,400 lives — including 329 health care workers, according to the World Health Organization. A team from a university in Maryland is working to improve protective equipment for these doctors and nurses. VOA’s June Soh reports.

Video World Health Organization in Spotlight Over ‘Slow’ Ebola Response

The head of the World Health Organization has said the institution will be judged "by history" on its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There has been widespread criticism of the global response to the crisis, with accusations that poor coordination between institutions has cost precious time and resources. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

Video Quarantines for Ebola Health Workers Don't Stop the Disease

Fear of Ebola has spread around the world. Some countries have closed their borders to citizens of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In the United States, returning health workers have been verbally attacked and, in at least one case, confined to an unheated outdoor tent in chilly autumn temperatures. VOA's Carol Pearson looks at what quarantines actually achieve. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Video WHO: Number of New Ebola Cases in West Africa Leveling Off

The World Health Organization says the number of new Ebola infections in West Africa is about the same as it was the week before, with a rise in some areas and a decline in others. The United Nations has called for more international help to stem the outbreak, which has infected thousands of people in the region and killed about 5,000. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for more than $6 billion to combat the Ebola virus at its source. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Ebola Misery in Liberia's Capital Monrovia

There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia. BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Monrovia on the risks front-line workers are facing.

Video Maryland Troops Join the Ebola Fight in Liberia

The U.S. military has already provided hundreds of troops to help fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and this week another 22 are leaving their families and friends in Maryland to join that fight. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb attended their departure ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and she found a young group eager to make a difference.

Video US Forms Rapid Response Teams for Ebola

The United States is forming medical teams that will rush to any part of the country where a new Ebola case is suspected. The Centers for Disease Control Ebola Response Teams, or CERTs for short, are made up of experts who are specially trained to diagnose and treat Ebola. Preparatory teams called Facility Assessment and Support Teams, or FASTs, will check hospitals that have volunteered to treat Ebola patients to make sure they can handle an Ebola case. Zlatica Hoke reports.

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Voice of America has expanded its coverage in West Africa, with a focus on news and information related to Ebola. A new 24/7 FM English-language radio programming stream on stations in Monrovia, Liberia (94.1 FM) and Freetown Sierra Leone (102.4 FM)  includes 10-minute Ebola updates several times a day, along with other important information.

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As Long as Ebola is Present, Avoid Bush Meati
November 25, 2014 7:36 PM
If you hunt, handle, or eat bush meat, you must take caution. Certain animals such as bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas carry the Ebola virus. It is believed the virus was passed to humans through handling and eating bush meat. As long as Ebola is present, you must stay away from bush animals.

Video As Long as Ebola is Present, Avoid Bush Meat

If you hunt, handle, or eat bush meat, you must take caution. Certain animals such as bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas carry the Ebola virus. It is believed the virus was passed to humans through handling and eating bush meat. As long as Ebola is present, you must stay away from bush animals.

Video Protect Yourself From the Ebola Virus

If you come into contact with the bodily fluids of a person infected with Ebola, you must wash with soap and water immediately The virus must get into your body to infect you. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and cover any cuts on the skin. If you are caring for someone who has Ebola, do not handle bedding, towels or clothes that may be soiled with bodily fluids without gloves.

Video Common Burial Practices Can Spread Ebola

The pain and suffering from losing a loved one to the Ebola disease is heartbreaking. After their death, you must remain cautious. Your loved one’s body is still very contagious. To protect yourself and the people around you, you must not practice the usual practices for burial or cremation.

Video If You Have Ebola Symptoms, Get Medical Help Immediately

Ebola is not a curse or spiritual infection, it is a deadly disease - a fever spread by contact with the body fluids of infected people. Its symptoms usually start with a slight fever, fatigue, and muscle pain. Within a few days, vomiting and diarrhea sets in. Ebola is highly infectious. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical help immediately.

Video Welcome Ebola Survivors Back into the Community

The battle against Ebola does not end when a patient survives the virus. Many survivors return home to their villages, only to face stigma based on fear and ignorance. We must fight against stigma, and welcome Ebola survivors back into our communities. They are no longer contagious, and pose no threat to you.

Video President Obama Delivers a Message on the Ebola Outbreak

President Obama addresses the people of West Africa about the Ebola outbreak. Along with partners around the world, the United States is working to help stop the disease. The first step in this fight, however, is knowing the facts -- which is why the President also outlines the details about the transmission and treatment of Ebola.

Video Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone, Speaks with VOA About the Ebola Crisis

"I would want the people in West Africa to know that Ebola is real, Ebola kills, early detection and prompt treatment can save lives."

Video CDC: Ebola and Contact Tracing

The video describes contact tracing a way of identifying new Ebola cases quickly and isolating patients as soon as they show symptoms, preventing spread to others. Even one missed contact can keep Ebola spreading, but careful tracing of contacts and isolating new cases can stop the outbreak.

Video Ebola Public Service Announcement by Mandela Washington Fellows

This video features Zainab Ferrah Conteh, a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Video Dr. Anthony Fauci Speaks to VOA About the Ebola Crisis

"The best thing they can do is to try and cooperate with the health authorities and to listen to and adhere to the suggestions."

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