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Lessons From a Pandemic

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When a diamond miner named Sahr arrived at the Ebola treatment unit in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in December 2014, he saw red fences surrounding the area where people with suspected and confirmed cases of the disease were to be treated and he panicked. The colorful barricades reminded him of the horror he experienced in 1996 as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war, when rebel fighters attached red cloths to their guns during live battles.

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Most Ebola Survivors Examined in Study Experienced Brain Symptoms Six Months After Infection

Most of the 82 Ebola survivors in a new study from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak had brain symptoms more than six months after the initial infection. The preliminary results will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016. The study is part of the larger Prevail III study, which follows patients with prior Ebola virus disease and their close contacts who serve as study controls.

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Researchers Discover New Ebola-Fighting Antibodies in Blood of Outbreak Survivor

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A research team that included scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has identified a new group of powerful antibodies to fight Ebola virus. The antibodies could guide the development of a vaccine or therapeutic against Ebola.

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Real Time Outbreak Surveillance Using Genomics Now Possible in Resource-Limited Conditions

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New research published in Nature has shown how genome sequencing can be rapidly established to monitor outbreaks.

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Developing Vaccines for Global Diseases, Cornell Researchers Give It a Shot

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Antibodies May Provide ‘Silver Bullet’ for Ebola Viruses

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Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB) reported today in the journal Cell that they have isolated human monoclonal antibodies from Ebola survivors which can neutralize multiple species of the virus.

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Study of Altruism During the Ebola Outbreak Suggests Good Intentions Are in the Details

A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention.

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Experimental Immunotherapy Zaps Two Most Lethal Ebola Virus Strains

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have engineered the first antibodies that can potently neutralize the two deadliest strains of the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The findings, made in mice, are a significant step toward immunotherapies that are effective against all strains of Ebola virus that cause human disease. The study was published online today in Scientific Reports.

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Plague-Riddled Prairie Dogs a Model for Infectious Disease Spread

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Sporadic outbreaks of plague among black-tailed prairie dogs are an ideal model for the study of infectious zoonotic disease, say Colorado State University biologists.

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Quick Screening Method Identifies Promising Anti-Ebola Drugs

A quick screening method has been used for the first time in a standard open laboratory to identify and test promising anti-Ebola drugs. This approach increases the possibility of finding new therapies faster.







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