Tag: Ebola

Inroads to a better Ebola vaccine

As the world focuses on finding a COVID-19 vaccine, research continues on other potentially catastrophic pandemic diseases, including Ebola and Marburg viruses. The world cannot afford to take our eye of other threats, says Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, who warns the highly lethal and infectious Ebola virus could appear in a more virulent form.

Ebola: the New epidemic according to the WHO, inevitably,

The world health organization (WHO) considers that a new epidemic of Ebola for “inevitable”, but is better prepared than at the outbreak of the disease in West Africa by the end of 2013. Experts agree that the disease break out again and that there will be a new epidemic, said WHO Director Margaret Chan on

New strain of strep a is causing scarlet fever and invasive infections in England and Wales: Scientists warn vigilance is needed to monitor impact of new bacterial strain on public health

Scientists studying scarlet fever have identified a new strain of disease-causing bacteria, which may explain a rise in more serious Strep A infections in England and Wales, according to results from cases in London and across England and Wales from 2014-16 published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. In 2014, England experienced the biggest surge

Immune responses in Ebola survivors 2 years after infection provide clues for vaccine development

Scientists have discovered that 2 years after infection, West African Ebola survivors exhibit memory immune responses—including specific T cells against Ebola virus. They believe their discovery opens up the possibility of improving Ebola vaccines by boosting key immune cells needed for long-lasting protective immunity. The new research is being presented at this year’s European Congress

Ebola epidemic in DR Congo now exceeds 1,000 cases

Ebola virus particles (red) on a larger cell. Credit: NIAID The number of cases in a nearly eight-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo now exceeds 1,000, almost two-thirds of whom have died, the health ministry said late Sunday. “The accumulated number of cases is 1,009,” of which 629 cases were fatal, it said.

The epidemic of Ebola in the Congo is out of control

The organization Doctors without borders is sounding the Alarm: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the largest Ebola epidemic, which has existed in the country ever rages, and she is out of control. Seven months ago, the disease broke out in the Republic of the Congo. Until now, there were more than 900

Earlier emergence of malaria in Africa

Malaria, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year — mainly children and especially in Africa -, is one of the leading causes of death by an infectious agent, the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. In research on malaria, the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell anemia (also known as drepanocytosis), a chronic disease that is

Ebola death toll tops 500 in DRC with nearly 100 CHILDREN killed

Ebola death toll tops 500 in Democratic Republic of the Congo with nearly 100 CHILDREN killed by the devastating virus The second worst outbreak in history has ravaged the country since August Expected to continue into middle of the year at least, according to aid workers Thousands of vaccinations administered to neighbouring countries on high

Ebola-fighting protein discovered in human cells: Drug that mimics function of protein could one day become an effective therapy to fight Ebola virus

Researchers have discovered a human protein that helps fight the Ebola virus and could one day lead to an effective therapy against the deadly disease, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The newly discovered ability of the human protein RBBP6 to interfere with Ebola virus replication suggests new ways to fight the infection. As

Discovery could neutralize West Nile virus

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and colleagues have isolated a human monoclonal antibody that can “neutralize” the West Nile virus and potentially prevent a leading cause of viral encephalitis (brain inflammation) in the United States. Their findings, reported this week in the journal Nature Microbiology, could lead to the first effective treatment for this

Synthetic DNA-delivered antibodies protect against Ebola in preclinical studies

Scientists at The Wistar Institute and collaborators have successfully engineered novel DNA-encoded monoclonal antibodies (DMAbs) targeting Zaire Ebolavirus that were effective in preclinical models. Study results, published online in Cell Reports, showed that DMAbs were expressed over a wide window of time and offered complete and long-term protection against lethal virus challenges. DMAbs may also

Synthetic DNA-delivered antibodies protect against Ebola in preclinical studies

Scientists at The Wistar Institute and collaborators have successfully engineered novel DNA-encoded monoclonal antibodies (DMAbs) targeting Zaire Ebolavirus that were effective in preclinical models. Study results, published online in Cell Reports, showed that DMAbs were expressed over a wide window of time and offered complete and long-term protection against lethal virus challenges. DMAbs may also

Promising new therapeutic approach against Ebola virus identified

In a new study researchers have developed a two-pronged approach for targeting Ebola virus infection using linked nucleic acid (LNA) antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs)designed to interfere both genes essential for translation of Ebola virus genes and to block production of an intracellular human protein needed for the virus to enter cells. The results of using LNA

WHO warns of ‘perfect storm’ for Ebola in eastern Congo

The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization says insecurity, public defiance about vaccinations and political jockeying could create a “perfect storm” leading Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak to spread. Dr. Peter Salama says the response is at a “critical juncture” in eastern North Kivu province, where the outbreak was declared nearly two months ago. Health

Thirteen Confirmed Ebola Cases in Latest Congo Outbreak

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 — The number of confirmed cases in a new Ebola outbreak in Congo has reached 13, including three deaths, the country’s health ministry said late Saturday. It also said there were 30 probable cases and 33 suspected cases, the Associated Press reported. The new outbreak in North Kivu province was announced

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo believed to have killed 33

33 feared dead in fresh Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo as officials get set to begin a mass vaccination campaign Officials in the African nation have only confirmed 3 deaths so far through tests But they believe the lethal virus is responsible for scores more in the country A mass vaccination campaign

Ebola survivors suffer from severe neurological problems

Researchers have shed new light on the psychiatric and neurological problems that Ebola survivors can suffer from, and call for more specialist support for the most severely affected patients. A new report published in Emerging Infectious Diseases details a broad range of disorders among Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, including stroke and debilitating migraine-type headaches.

Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world’s most dangerous viruses, including Ebola. “Only four people, three researchers and a technician, are authorised to go inside the P4,” said virologist Illich Mombo, who