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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Safety Of Drug, Ability To Trigger Immune Response

Media outlets report on results from two Ebola experimental drug trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The reports, titled “A Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Ebola Vaccine — Preliminary Report” and “Phase 1 Trials of rVSV Ebola Vaccine in Africa and Europe — Preliminary Report”, suggest…

CDC, State Department Blog Posts Discuss Ebola, Response Efforts

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Working collaboratively to support Ebola response efforts in Sierra Leone Bao-Ping Zhu, CDC Epidemiologist and Uganda FETP resident adviser, discusses his trip to Sierrra Leone and the CDC’s response efforts to work collaboratively with other partners to end the Ebola outbreak (3/31). U.S. Department of State’s…

Disease Models Should Better Allow For Uncertainty, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Disease models need room for randomness, paper urges “Models used to manage disease outbreaks such as the ongoing Ebola epidemic must make greater allowances for uncertainty, according to a paper published today by the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. … ‘Attention to uncertainty helps one prepare rationally for…

U.K. Scientists, NHS Medics Develop Rapid Ebola Diagnostic Kit In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola rapid diagnostic kit developed by U.K. scientists in Sierra Leone “A rapid Ebola diagnostic kit similar to a pregnancy kit has been developed by British military scientists and NHS medics in Sierra Leone. It can be administered at the bedside and return its first results within 20…

USG Awards Pharmaceutical Company Funds To Develop Ebola Treatment

The Hill: Feds award company up to $35M to develop Ebola drug “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday awarded about $12 million to a North Carolina pharmaceutical company that has been developing Ebola treatments. The company, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, has created a ‘promising’ experimental drug that prevents…

Guinea Detects Three New Ebola Cases, Authorities Say

Reuters: Guinea finds three Ebola cases in the alumina hub of Fria “Guinea has detected at least three new cases of Ebola in the alumina hub of Fria, according to the national coordination of the fight against the disease, as authorities blamed popular resistance for hampering the battle against the…

State Department Podcast Discusses Frontline Ebola Health Workers In West Africa

U.S. Department of State: Fighting Ebola: Being on the frontline of the fight The U.S. Department of State released a SoundCloud podcast on Ebola frontline health workers. “In this episode of Fighting Ebola we hear from health care workers on the ground battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa” (3/27).

Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Promise, Scientists Say

VOA News: Ebola Vaccine Trials Underway in West Africa “…Since last summer, researchers have rushed to get anti-Ebola vaccines into clinical trials. While it’s too early to say that any of the potential vaccines work, some scientists say they are seeing strong results from some of the studies…” (Pearson, 3/30).