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A nurse in Uganda accused of spreading HIV to patients

Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of deliberately injecting her blood into a two-year-old patient. The 64-year-old nurse, Rosemary Namubiru, was charged with attempted murder, denied bail and sent to jail in an unusual case that many here saw as a horrifying example…
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Aid workers returns to ebola treatment center attacked by mob

Doctors Without Borders is again caring for Ebola patients at a Guinean health center it fled when an angry crowd attacked last week. Spokesman Sam Taylor said Thursday the organization was back at work in Macenta, where a mob accused aid workers of starting the outbreak. Guinea has never before had a case of Ebola. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease, which is usually fatal. More than 110 deaths have been linked…
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Some Ebola patients discharged from hospital in Guinea

Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) has said it has discharged a number of people in the West African nation of Guinea who have been receiving treatment for the Ebola virus, which has recently killed at least 95 people. In a statement, MSF also said on Monday that its emergency teams were facing challenges in tackling the epidemic, with work currently suspended in one of its three Ebola treatment centres. The charity is…
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Ebola virus outbreak reaches Guinea's capital Conakry

Four cases of infection by the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Conakry, Guinea's Health Minister Remy Lamah said, marking the first confirmed spread of the disease from rural areas to West African state's capital. The minister said on Thursday that the virus appeared to have been transmitted by an old man who showed symptoms of haemorrhagic fever after visiting Dinguiraye in central Guinea, far from the identified outbreaks of Ebola in the remote…
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Death toll in Ebola outbreak in Mali now 63

Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say the death toll from a rare Ebola outbreak has risen to 63. Dr. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman with the health ministry, confirmed Wednesday that three additional people had died after contracting the virus. International aid workers have set up quarantine centers in the country's south to isolate patients with the highly infectious and highly fatal disease. Ebola has no vaccine or specific treatment. Its initial…
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Ebola fever confirmed to have claimed 59 in Guinea

Guinea has received confirmation that a mysterious disease that has killed up to 59 people in the West African country, and may have spread to neighboring Sierra Leone, is the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, the government said on Saturday.Cases of the disease - among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent - have been registered in three southeastern towns and in the capital Conakry since February…
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Ugandan official: US cuts up to $6 million in aid

Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support Ruhakana Rugunda said Friday that the U.S. had not renewed a contract that helped pay the salaries of Ugandan doctors and nurses involved in mostly AIDS programs. He said that under the contract that expired earlier this year, the U.S. gave between $4 and $6 million each year over the last 10 years.Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the…
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US suspends HIV related aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

The United States has suspended some aid to Uganda's ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, in its first concrete move reported in response to the passing of an anti-homosexuality law.The U.S. had signaled it was reviewing its ties with the East African country after President Yoweri Museveni signed in legislation on February 24 that punishes gay sex with jail terms up to life."As a result of this review process, a portion of the U.S.…
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UN warns of food crisis in Central African Republic

A food crisis is looming in the Central African Republic after nearly a year of violence, a UN humanitarian official warned on Sunday. Funds pledged to help the crisis in January have not materialised, Abdou Dieng, the United Nations' humanitarian coordinator said, with only one-fifth of the $500m promised at a donor conference in Brussels coming in to the country. "It is now that the humanitarian crisis will start to deepen," Dieng said. "If we…
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Mali communities denounce female genital cutting

When Dicko Ongoiba was a little girl, female genital cutting was such a tradition that no one in her community discussed it. The 40-year-old didn't even realize she had been circumcised until she was 10 and saw her younger sisters undergoing the same procedure.Like her mother did, Ongoiba subjected her first six daughters to what is sometimes referred to as female circumcision. But in recent years she has learned more about ramifications, including more difficult…
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