Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, make breakfast at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province. Photograph:  Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Iraqis who fled the advance of Islamic State (Isis) militants by climbing a mountain near the Syrian border remain st(...)

Matron Breda Athan demonstrates putting on the protective suit which would be used to treat patients suffering from Ebola at The Royal Free Hospital in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Files

A British national who tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone is being evacuated to the UK on a Royal Air Force jet, Sierra Leone’s health ministry(...)

A very sick Saah Exco (10) lies in an alley in the West Point slum in Liberian capital Monrovia yesterday. The boy was one of the patients pulled out of a holding centre for suspected Ebola patients when the facility was overrun by a mob last Saturday. A local clinic yesterday refused to treat the boy, according to residents, because of the danger of infection. The virus has killed more than 1,000 people in four African nations, more in Liberia than any other country. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The international community has made “almost zero” response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, with western leaders more interested in protectin(...)

A girl sells soap as women pray for an end of the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

It will take about six months to bring under control the Ebola epidemic, the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said today, adding that the outbre(...)

Liberian nurses carry the body of an Ebola victim from a home in the Banjor Community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Ebola viruses might be tiny, but their impact is mighty. More than half of infected humans do not survive the resulting viral hemorrhagic fever, an(...)

Airlift: western health workers have been flown home for treatment. Photograph: Ignacio Gil/ABC/Reuters

It starts with flu-like symptoms, progresses to nausea and vomiting and, in fatal cases, ends in confusion and unstoppable bleeding, internally and ex(...)

 In this handout provided by Samaritan’s Purse, two people in protective clothing carry a body at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph:  Samaritans Purse via Getty Images

Hundreds of troops have been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia to fight the worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll climbed to (...)

Smoke rises in the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike today. Irish doctors and medical staff protested outside the Dail today, accusing Israel of breaching international law following several attacks on Palestinian medical facilities. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Members of the Irish medical community have staged a protest against what it calls the illegal Israeli breach of medical neutrality in Gaza through th(...)

Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, in Freetown in June. Photograph: Umaru Fofana/Reuters

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the president’s office has said. Sheik Umar K(...)

Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)