Sierra Leonean health officials checking for the ebola virus at the border crossing with Liberia. File photograph: Zoom Dossozoom Dosso/AFP

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, as dat(...)

A tourist wearing a face mask pushes a luggage cart at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Hong Kong upgraded to “serious” on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) in South Korea, where the number of c(...)

Premature optimism on Ebola cases

Following a steady decline in new cases in recent weeks, the United Nations (UN) predicted the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could be over by June. It(...)

Last week Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Liberia, the country worst hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak (...)

Medical staff carry a boy (8) who is suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Yesterday Ebola - the reality and the hysteria over it - is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators. Sierra Leone is planning  a four-day nationwide ’lockdown’  in a bid to contain the  outbreak. Photograph: New York Times

Sierra Leone plans to impose a four-day nationwide “lockdown” this month in a bid to contain the spread of the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola. (...)

The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said: “Countries affected to date simply don’t have the capacity to manage an outbreak on this scale on their own.” Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

The World Health Organisation declared the west African Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency yesterday, demanding an “extraordinary(...)

 Liberians stage a protest outside president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s residence against the burying of Ebola victims in their Johnsonville community, Monrovia, Liberia. The Liberian government has ordered that the bodies of people killed by the Ebola virus must be cremated following strong reactions from communities objecting against the burial of Ebola victims in their areas. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of troops were deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia yesterday to quarantine communities hit by the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll fro(...)

Dr Kent Brantly (right) working at an Ebola treatment clinic in Foya, Liberia, in June. Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who are now suffering from Ebola in Liberia, are scheduled to be evacuated to the United States for treatment. Photograph: EPA/Samaritan’s Purse

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa is out of control but can be stopped with more resources and tougher measures, World Health Organ(...)

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle tomorrow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood is to be appointed chairman of the first Healthy Ireland Council at a function in Dublin Castle today. Oth(...)

British prime minister  David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the G8 Dementia Summit  in London today. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Dementia will be cured, or “stopped in its tracks” by 2025, some of the world’s wealthiest nations vowed today as they backed global co-operation to f(...)