Latest Updates / Homebound Philippine Troops From Liberia Ebola-free

Africa steps up the Ebola fight with $28.5 million fund.

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Latest updates:

9:12 A.M. Homebound Philippine troops from Liberia Ebola-free

The Philippine military said Sunday 108 of its peacekeepers have tested negative for Ebola in Liberia but they will still be shipped to a small island in Manila Bay when they fly home this week for 21 more days of quarantine.

Col. Roberto Ancan, who heads the Philippine military's peacekeeping operations center, said the air force personnel were cleared of Ebola in a U.N. medical screening test after 21 days of pre-departure quarantine in Liberia.

The Philippines has decided to halt the deployment of its troops to the West African nation amid the deadly Ebola outbreak there, ending more than a decade of peacekeeping work under the United Nations.

Ancan said a navy boat would transport the peacekeepers, who were posted in Liberia for nearly a year, to Caballo Island at the mouth of Manila Bay when they arrive Tuesday.

While Filipino peacekeeping contingents have been welcomed home with handshakes and fanfare by the military's top brass in the past, the air force personnel from Liberia will be advised to avoid physical contact even with their families until they have completed the quarantine, Arcan said . (AP)

Saturday:

6:30 P.M. Africa steps up the Ebola fight with $28.5 million fund

The African Union raised $28.5 million on Saturday from the continent's wealthiest individuals and firms for a fund to fight the Ebola outbreak ravaging three west African nations.

AU officials and business executives gathered in the Ethiopian capital to launch the emergency response fund said the money committed would be disbursed immediately.

"Our immediate concern is to respond to the appeal for 1,000 health care workers," Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Wireless, an African telecom operator, told reporters. "We have also received considerable contributions in kind, which may well ... exceed what we have received in cash." (Reuters)