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1994
Richard Preston wrote "The Hot Zone," a bestseller book about the deadly Ebola virus.
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1995 May 9
Kinshasa, capital of Zaire, was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
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1995 Jul
The Ebola virus killed 244 people in Kikwit, Zaire.
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1996 Oct 31
An outbreak of the Ebola virus killed at least 17 people. It was the 4th outbreak in Africa since 1995.
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2000 Oct 14
In Uganda it was reported that at least 35 people of the northern Gulu district had died in recent weeks of a hemorrhagic fever possibly caused by the Ebola or Marburg virus.
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2000 Nov 12
Uganda confirmed a new case of Ebola in Masindi, the 3rd district to confirm the deadly virus.
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2000 Dec 8
In Uganda the victims with Ebola reached 400 including 160 dead.
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2001 Dec 2
An outbreak of Ebola virus hit Gabon with the 1st death in Ekata, about 5 miles from the Congo border. Within weeks at least 15 people died. The virus spread to Congo and movement in the area was restricted.
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2001 Dec 6
An intíl. team of doctors flew to Congo to investigate the deaths of 17 people with Ebola-like symptoms in Dekese. Ebola was confirmed in Gabon on Dec 9.
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2001 Dec 9
An outbreak of the Ebola virus was confirmed in the Ogoouer Ivindo province of Gabon. 7 deaths were reported.
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2002 Jan 10
In Gabon a medical team fled the site of an Ebola outbreak following threats af-ter they insisted that villagers not touch corpses at funerals.
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2002 Feb 6
In the Republic of Congo a new death from Ebola raised fears that it had spread from Gabon.
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2002 Jun 15
In the Republic of Congo it was reported that 5 people had died from an outbreak of ebola, the 2nd outbreak in the region this year.
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2002 Jun 25
The WHO reported that experts investigating a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Republic of Congo have found four suspected cases in neighboring Gabon.
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2003 Feb 6
Medical experts headed to northern Republic of Congo to investigate a feared outbreak of Ebola after 16 suspicious deaths.
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2003 Feb 12
The Republic of Congo reported that an Ebola outbreak was suspected in the recent deaths of 48 people.
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2003 Mar 12
It was reported that the Congo Ebola outbreak was decimating the gorilla population with up to 800 lost at the Lossi sanctuary. The ape population of west equatorial Africa had fallen 50% since 1983 due to hunting and Ebola.
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2003 Aug 7
Scientists reported a new vaccine that was successful against the Ebola virus in monkeys.
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2003 Nov 6
In the Congo Republic 9 people have died in a suspected outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in a remote forest region where 120 were killed by the disease earlier this year.
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2003 Dec 17
The fifth outbreak in two years of the deadly Ebola virus in a the Republic of Congo has so far killed 29 people.
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2004 May 19
Antonina Presnyakova, Russian Ebola researcher, died following an accidental needle stick containing the deadly virus. She worked at the Vektor State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology outside Novosibirsk in central Siberia.
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2004 May 24
The WHO confirmed an outbreak of the deadly ebola virus has killed four people in south Sudan.
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2005 May 18
Authorities in the Republic of Congo quarantined two districts hit by the deadly Ebola virus to ensure the highly contagious disease does not spread.
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2005 Dec 1
Researchers in Gabon reported that 3 species of fruit bats served as the animal reservoir of the Ebola virus. The deadly disease 1st emerged in 1976.
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2007 Nov 29
In Uganda a senior Ministry of Health official said an Ebola outbreak has killed at least 16 people out of 51 confirmed cases. The first case was reported Nov. 10 in Bundibugyo district, 210 miles west of the capital, Kampala. Uganda last had an outbreak of Ebola in October 2000, when 173 people died. A new form of the Ebola virus was detected in the outbreak. The death toll soon climbed to 21, including 8 doctors and health workers.
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2014 Sep 10
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This was in addition to $10 million already committed.
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2014 Sep 22
Sierra Leone ended a 3-day unprecedented nationwide shutdown during which officials said about 75 percent of 1.5 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on the deadly disease. At least 130 cases of Ebola were identified and scores of bodies were buried during the shutdown.
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2014 Sep 25
Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak.
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2014 Sep 26
The International Monetary Fund fast-tracked $130 million (102.5 million euros) in aid to fight the Ebola epidemic after the governments of the worst-hit countries in west Africa said they were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be backed up with cash.
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2014 Sep 27
Liberia's chief medical officer, Bernice Dahn, placed herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
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2014 Sep 30
The first case of the deadly Ebola virus was diagnosed in the United States after a man who flew from Liberia to Texas tested positive for the disease.
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2014 Oct 1
The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year.
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2014 Oct 2
The Save the Children charity warned that five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and demand for treatment beds is far outstripping supply.
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2014 Oct 6
In Spain a nursing assistant was diagnosed with Ebola. She had cared for a Spanish priest who died of the disease last month. 4 other people were quarantined and her dog was ordered killed.
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2014 Oct 8
The US said it will begin screening travelers from West Africa after Thomas Eric Duncan (42) of Liberia, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US, died in Dallas.
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2014 Oct 9
Britain said it will start screening travelers coming from Ebola-hit parts of west Africa at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and on Eurostar trains from Belgium and France.
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2014 Oct 10
Liberian lawmakers rejected a proposal the grant Pres. Sirleaf the power to further restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property in the fight against Ebola as the WHO raised the death toll to 4,033 confirmed deaths, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
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2014 Oct 11
A health worker in Texas at the hospital treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States tested positive for the deadly virus, raising fresh worries about the spread of the disease beyond West Africa.
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2014 Oct 11
In Spain three more people were under observation for Ebola in a Madrid hospital, boosting the number being monitored for symptoms to 16. A nursing assistant infected with the virus remained in serious but stable condition.
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2014 Oct 14
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight Ebola.
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2014 Oct 14
The Liberian government threatened to fire doctors and nurses who are on strike demanding danger money to care for Ebola patients in the country worst hit by the epidemic.
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2014 Oct 15
Texas Department of State Health Services said a second healthcare worker who treated the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has tested positive for the disease.
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2014 Oct 17
Pres. Obama named Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to VP Biden, as the administrationís point man on Ebola.
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2014 Oct 17
The UN health agency officially declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Senegal as the countrymade it past the 42-day mark, which is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, without detecting more such cases.
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2014 Oct 20
China was reported to have donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst affected by the Ebola virus.
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2014 Oct 20
Nigeria was declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization.
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2014 Oct 20
In Sierra Leone 49 confirmed cases of Ebola emerged just today in two Ebola zones in and around the capital. So many people were dying that removing bodies was a problem.
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2014 Oct 21
In Sierra Leone a machete-wielding mob clashed with security personnel in the eastern town of Koidu and then went on a rampage, after preventing a medical team from taking the blood from the 90-year-old mother of a youth leader. Two people were killed.
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2014 Oct 22
In Mali a two-year-old girl tested positive for Ebola, the countryís first case. The girl and her grandmother had visited Kissidougou, a town in the southern part of Guinea.
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2014 Oct 23
NYC officials said Dr. Craig Spencer (33), a physician for doctors Without Borders, has tested positive for Ebola after returning from Guinea last week.
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2014 Oct 23
The EU came up with another 24.4 million euros ($31 million) to fight Ebola and agreed to up its aid for the fight against Ebola in west Africa to one billion euros. Christos Stylianides, the incoming Cypriot Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, was named an Ebola "czar".
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2014 Oct 23
A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country.
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2014 Oct 23
Liberiaís state radio said dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in Jenewonda were threatening to break out of isolation because they have no food.
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2014 Oct 24
China's president pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis.
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2014 Oct 24
The World Health Organization said hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of next year.
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2014 Oct 25
The UN World Health Organization said the number of confirmed and probable Ebola cases has risen to 10,141 with 4,922 deaths. This included 200 new cases in the last four days.
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2014 Oct 27
The US government announced guidelines for medical workers returning back from West Africa.
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