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In a World First, the EU Has Approved an Ebola Vaccine

The first human vaccine against the often-fatal viral disease Ebola is now an official reality. Today, the European Union approved a vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Merck, called Ervebo. Read More >>

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World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

In a statement on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) accused the government of Tanzania of deliberately withholding information about suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, the Washington Post reported. The allegation follows reports of multiple cases throughout the nation, beginning in the capital city of Dar es Salaam, after which WHO said it was shut out from blood tests and informed by Tanzanian officials that the Ebola virus had been ruled out. Read More >>

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Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

An explosion at Russia’s State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (Vector) resulted in a fire, glass blown out throughout the building, and one worker suffering third degree burns on Monday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Vector is one of the only two places in the world where live smallpox virus samples are officially stored, as well as retains stocks of other deadly pathogens including the Ebola virus and anthrax spores. Read More >>

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Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Two new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a “preventable and treatable” disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease. Read More >>

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Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that it has elected to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a decision that comes nearly a year after the outbreak was first declared and after the infection of thousands of people. Read More >>

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Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Per Cent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 per cent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous. Read More >>

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As Death Toll Rises In Ebola Outbreak, WHO Declines to Declare Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare a global health emergency in response to the Ebola outbreak that’s currently taking place in Africa, despite large numbers of people dying every day. Read More >>

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US Experts Are Being Kept Away From the Front Lines of the Latest Ebola Outbreak

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease to hit the Democratic Republic of Congo is only getting worse. But the US government has pulled its experts from the affected areas of the African country in recent weeks, citing safety concerns. Read More >>

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Why Health Officials Are Afraid the Ebola Outbreak in the Congo Could Get Way Worse

A humanitarian group says the escalating Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could become “the worst ever seen in East Africa.” The stark comments follow reports claiming the deadly virus is spreading quickly in conflict-hit areas. Read More >>

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A US Doctor Is in Trouble for Claiming to Treat Ebola Though Sound

Bill Gray, a 75-year-old, Stanford-trained doctor based in the US state of California, claims on his website that he can treat almost any patient’s health problems through personalised, “homeopathic” audio recordings sent via email. But the California medical board is having none of it. Earlier this month, it filed a five-page complaint against Gray for behaving unprofessionally, setting the stage for a hearing that could strip Gray’s license to practice medicine. Read More >>

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‘Ring Vaccinations’ Continue in Congo as Ebola Death Toll Rises

The latest Ebola outbreak has claimed yet another life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising the death toll to 12—though the actual number may be as high as 27. Using a strategy known as “ring vaccinations,” officials began treating doctors and other frontline healthcare workers in Bikoro, the town where the outbreak was first declared in early May. Read More >>

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The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City

An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa has become much more worrying, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. While previous cases of the often fatal viral disease had been found in rural areas during this most recent outbreak, the first urban case of Ebola was recently confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the northwestern region of the DRC with 1.2 million residents. Read More >>

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Ebola’s Back Again—Why Don’t we Have a Cure For it Yet?

Ebola has once again resurfaced. On Friday, the World Health Organisation reported that there have been at least 34 suspected cases of the viral disease and 18 deaths since early April in the Bikoro District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). But Ebola’s resurgence, hardly unexpected, can’t help but bring a question to mind: Why haven’t we found a surefire way to cure or prevent it yet? Read More >>

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An Edible Vaccine For Wild Apes Could Revolutionise the Way We Fight Ebola

Like humans, gorillas and chimpanzees can get infected by Ebola. To protect our closest relatives from this dreaded disease, and to prevent the virus from spilling over into human populations, scientists have now developed an oral vaccine to combat Ebola in the wild. It sounds very promising, but the researchers have run into legal, political, and ethical obstacles that could make it difficult to push the research further. Read More >>

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A Shocking Number of People With Ebola Don’t Show Symptoms

Scientists have learned that upwards of 25 per cent of all people who become infected with Ebola show none of the typical symptoms. The finding suggests the recent West African Ebola Epidemic was more widespread than previously thought, and that new methods need to be developed to diagnose and contain the dreaded virus during an outbreak. Read More >>