Number of Ebola cases may reach 20,000: WHO

Geneva : The number of people infected with the Ebola virus in Western Africa could reach 20,000, six times more than the current estimates, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Thursday.

This is one of the main conclusions the WHO presented Thursday in its assessment of the epidemic, in which suggestions and guidelines to contain the virus are included.

To date, WHO has recorded 3,069 cases of Ebola virus disease and 1,552 deaths in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria).

48 students fall ill after eating mid-day meal in Tripura

Agartala : At least 48 students, including girls, fell ill and were admitted to hospital after eating mid-day meal in a school in Tripura, an official said Thursday.

"At least 48 students, including girls, fell sick Wednesday after eating mid-day meal at Noapara Senior Basic School in Tripura's Bishalgarh. All the boys and girls were immediately shifted to hospital," Ratan Chakraborty, sub-divisional medical officer, told reporters.

He said: "The condition of all the sick students is now stable and there is no danger at the moment."

821 passengers being tracked for Ebola: Health ministry

New Delhi : A total of 821 passengers are now being tracked for the deadly Ebola virus, the health ministry said Wednesday.

Most of them are in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Two passengers - a doctor and a physiotherapist - who were admitted in the RML Hospital for further treatment after being tested negative for Ebola, have responded to anti-malarial treatment and are free of fever now, a statement said Wednesday.

One of them has now been discharged.

Lawmakers' trip to South Africa cancelled over Ebola fears?

New Delhi : A visit by a 12-member team of Indian parliamentarians to South Africa has been cancelled against the backdrop of the rising cases of Ebola. Officials, however, denied the deadly virus was the reason for cancelling the trip.

The team of parliamentarians was supposed to visit South Africa Aug 25-Sep 3. It was a routine parliamentary delegation that visits various friendly nations.

According to sources, some parliamentarians expressed fear over the spread of the Ebola fever in parts of Africa.

Six Indians from Liberia to be tested for Ebola

New Delhi : Six Indian nationals who arrived here from Ebola-hit Liberia Tuesday morning have been sent to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for screening and further tests, said an official.

"Some cases of passengers with possible symptoms of Ebola have been reported and sent for further medical screening in the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital which is capable of handling the contagious disease," an official posted at the Terminal-3 (T3) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) told IANS.

Saudi Health Ministry announces measures for infection-free Haj

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced mandatory measures for Haj and Umrah pilgrims coming from countries with high rates of infectious diseases.

WHO: Ebola killed 120 health workers

Geneva : More than 120 health workers have died of Ebola across west Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, claiming the epidemic had affected an "unprecedented number of medical staff".

WHO to unveil response plan for Ebola

United Nations: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it will unveil a response plan to deal with the current Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa.

"The WHO has announced that it is working on a six to nine-month plan against Ebola, an operational document that will detail the strategy against the virus," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.

"That plan should be presented early next week," Xinhua quoted Dujarric as saying.

Odisha dengue cases rise to 249

Bhubaneswar : The number of dengue cases in Odisha this year has risen to 249 with 60 new cases being reported in the past two days, an official said Friday.

"The number of dengue cases has increased to 249. Sixty of them were reported in the past two days," a senior official of the state health department told IANS.

Sixty-eight people in coastal Jajpur district tested positive for dengue, the highest in the state, followed by Jagatsinghpur district which reported 30 cases. Only one death due to the disease has been reported so far, he said.

Ebola toll rises to 1,350: WHO

Geneva : The death toll due to the Ebola virus continues to rise in West Africa and currently stands at 1,350, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Of that number, 576 have died in Liberia where the outbreak is most severe and efforts to contain the virus are deemed most critical, WHO said in a statement Wednesday.

The toll in Guinea and Sierra Leone stands at 396 and 374, respectively, while four people have died from the disease in Nigeria.