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Ebola: New Outbreaks Amid New Hope for Vaccines

Posted on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Liberia was poised to be the first of the three hardest-hit countries stricken with the Ebola epidemic to declare itself free from the deadly virus that has ravaged the region for a year. The West African nation had gone two weeks without a new infection; and then a 44-year-old street vendor developed a fever. Her teenaged daughter, who'd tended to her sick mother developed a telltale headache.

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Tags: clinical trials, vaccines, ebola

Clinical Trial for Ebola Drug Canceled, But That's Not Terrible News

Posted on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

There is some good news in West Africa, as cases of Ebola are on the decline,  even in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the continent's hardest hit areas.

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What's Changing in the Fight Against Ebola

Posted on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

The struggle to combat the deadly Ebola virus is changing. Early in the outbreak which began in March 2014, public health organizations fought to keep up with the unchecked spread of the deadly disease that has ravaged communities and public health systems in West Africa. Now, however, there are signs that the fight against the disease is changing, and in some cases, for the better.

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Tags: ebola

Some Thoughts on Jonas Salk, Vaccines, and Ebola

Posted on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

"Don't want little Johnny or Betty to develop a crippling disease with the potential for lifelong paralysis? Then sign here and be a pioneer in improving global health!"

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Ebola is Scarier than War: Drugs Fastracked for Clinical Trials

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

With the death toll topping 3000 in West Africa, health agencies around the world are working to speed the development of treatments and vaccines against Ebola. According to the UN Security Council, the epidemic is "...a threat to international peace and security." Normally, taking medical treatments and vaccines from laboratories to patients is a lengthy process that can go on for years. Ebola is different. 

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Ebola Vaccine in Clinical Trials

Posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

Twenty human subjects became participants in clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine. Almost 2300 people have died from the disease since January 2014 when an outbreak of the disease began and spread through western Africa. In an animal study, four crab eating macaques showed immunity to lethal doses of the virus when they were inoculated with a vaccine.

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Tags: clinical trials, map of biomedicine, ebola

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