April 4, 2009 |
A researcher who had accidentally pricked her finger three weeks ago with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into mice was declared healthy and released from isolation at a German hospital Thursday, having been spared the horrific symptoms of the disease. It was not known if the virus actually entered her bloodstream, but she was given an experimental vaccine just in case. Scientists don't know if the vaccine saved her or if she was simply lucky enough not to get the disease.
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February 15, 2009 |
Dr. William Close, a self-proclaimed country doctor who became the personal physician of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko and played a key role in halting the 1976 outbreak of the lethal Ebola virus that terrified Zaire and surrounding countries, has died. He was 84. He died of a heart attack Jan. 15 at his home in Big Piney, Wyo., according to his daughter, actress Glenn Close.
July 12, 2008 |
Ebola, the mysterious virus responsible for periodic deadly outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever in Africa, may have an Achilles' heel, scientists at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla reported Thursday. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers revealed the shape of a protein that the virus uses to enter healthy cells, providing a possible target for drugs. Scientists also discovered some parts of the virus are similar in structure to parts of the HIV and Epstein-Barr virus, suggesting Ebola may help scientists understand why some diseases manage to avoid the body's defenses.
December 8, 2007 |
Uganda has 101 suspected cases of Ebola fever and hundreds more people being closely monitored, officials said Friday, as fear grew there and in neighboring countries that the deadly virus might spread. Twenty-two people have died of the fever, said Dr. Emmanuel Otaala, minister of state for primary healthcare, and 11 health workers have fallen sick.
December 9, 2006 |
Recent outbreaks of deadly Ebola among people in Africa also killed thousands of gorillas, animals already threatened by hunting, a new study reported Friday. Outbreaks in Congo and Gabon in 2002 and 2003 killed as many as 5,500 gorillas, a research team led by Magdalena Bermejo of the University of Barcelona in Spain reported in the journal Science. "Add commercial hunting to the mix, and we have a recipe for rapid ecological extinction," the researchers wrote.
February 18, 2006 |
The first vaccine designed to prevent infection with the lethal Ebola virus has passed initial safety tests in humans and has shown promising signs that it may indeed protect people from contracting the disease, government scientists reported. Just 21 people received the vaccine in this early-stage testing. Dr. Gary Nabel and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center developed a vaccine made of DNA strands that encoded three Ebola proteins.