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Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Be vigilant, prepare for Ebola - PAHO

WASHINGTON (CMC):

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to be vigilant and prepared for a potential introduction of the deadly Ebola virus in the region.

The advice comes following a statement by World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan that the outbreak in West Africa constitutes a "public health emergency of international concern".

The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and PAHO said this outbreak now involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

As of August 6, 2014, PAHO said countries have reported 1,779 cases, including 961 deaths, adding that it is currently the largest EVD outbreak ever recorded.

Woman accused of putting out hit on common law husband

BELMOPAN (CMC):

A 29 -year-old woman, who is accused of putting out a hit on her common-law-husband, will reappear in court on September 12 after she was granted BDZ$2,000 (One Belize dollar = US$0.50 cents).

Police allege that Indira Mejia had conspired with two men to murder Brian Claire, who was shot and injured on August 6.

"Our investigations reveal that Miss Indira Meja planned to kill her common law husband. It appears that Miss Mejia wants to get rid of her common-law-husband for his property," said Sergeant Robertp Novelo.

He said the investigations had shown that she "is the one who lured Briane Claire to that location where he was shot".

Police have arrested and charged Ignatius Williams, 24, with attempted murder, wounding, use of a deadly means of harm and grievous harm with a firearm. He was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison.