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08 January 2019 8:38 AM SA's foot and mouth disease-free status temporarily suspended following outbreak

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease has led to the temporary suspension of South Africa's FMD-free status, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Tuesday. "The matter has been reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Monday (January 7, 2019)," said spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana. "As a result of this development 111

30 December 2018 12:13 PM The Latest: Pope Francis prays for peaceful DRC vote

Pope Francis has prayed for those suffering from violence and Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, and is urging peaceful elections. Francis asked faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday to join him in prayers and expressed hope that "all work to maintain a peaceful climate that permits peaceful and regular conducting of the elections." The election 88

29 December 2018 3:56 PM DRC's top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

The archbishop of Kinshasa is urging peace on the eve of Democratic Republic of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to "light the country on fire." Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo held a Mass in the capital on Saturday attended by leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and a representative of ruling 78

10 December 2018 12:11 PM South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'

The World Health Organisation says Ebola vaccinations soon will begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. A statement says South Sudan's health ministry will begin vaccinating some health workers and other frontline workers in the capital, Juba, on December 19. No Ebola 65

04 December 2018 6:02 AM WHO: US experts not needed to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

The head of the World Health Organisation says it doesn't need experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or any other US government agency to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting: "We can cover it." WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the UN health agency mostly needs the United 69

26 November 2018 11:03 AM DRC starts first-ever trial testing Ebola drugs

The World Health Organisation says the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments. In a statement on Monday, the UN health agency described it as "a giant step" that would "bring clarity about what works 74

08 November 2018 3:00 PM UN vows to tackle DRC rebels, contain Ebola

The head of the United Nations' peacekeeping operations has vowed to do more with Democratic Republic of Congo's government to help improve security in the country's east, where attacks by rebels are affecting efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 150 people. The UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said on Wednesday the UN "will 65

02 November 2018 3:56 PM Six Sudanese die in food clash at refugee camp in Chad

Six refugees from Sudan's strife-scarred Darfur region were killed and 10 others wounded in a brawl at the Bredjing camp in eastern Chad, a relief worker said on Friday. Food distribution was the cause of Wednesday's violence, said Abdel Hatim Tahir, coordinator with the Chad-based Agency for Economic and Social Development (ADES Internationale), an NGO active 67

31 October 2018 12:47 PM UN demands immediate halt to attacks in Ebola areas in DRC

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an immediate halt to attacks by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are jeopardising the response to the Ebola outbreak. A resolution adopted Tuesday said the security situation in the areas affected by the Ebola outbreak "is severely hampering the response efforts 56

18 October 2018 11:46 AM DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. "Based on the current context... the committee recommended that the current Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a public health emergency of international 74