Latest Ebola Stories

2009-03-29 07:10:00

On March 12, a scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the Ebola virus into lab mice.  Quickly after, many virologists, biologists, and other scientists gathered on a conference call to try and devise a way to save her life. Within 24 hours, an experimental vaccine was sent to Germany from a Canadian lab, although the vaccine had never been tested on humans. Soon after, the 45-year-old scientist was injected with the vaccine. If she remains healthy through...

2009-03-06 15:06:00

Existing, low-cost anti-malaria treatment found effective in laboratory test tube experiments Two highly lethal viruses that have emerged in recent outbreaks are susceptible to chloroquine, an established drug used to prevent and treat malaria, according to a new basic science study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in the Journal of Virology. Due to the study's significance, a manuscript was published yesterday online, in advance of the print issue, and will be highlighted as...

2009-02-09 13:36:23

Health officials say they've treated the first known case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in the United States. An unidentified patient treated a year ago at Lutheran Medical Center in Denver was later found to have the disease, apparently contracting it in Uganda, the Rocky Mountain News reported Monday. Hospital officials told the newspaper they are working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control to determine the risk to doctors and...

2009-01-30 13:22:55

The government said Friday four more people infected with the Ebola-Reston virus have been discovered in the Philippines and the possibility of pig-to-human transmission cannot be dismissed. Health Secretary leader Francisco Duque told a news conference that it was not a major health risk, but the government is testing people who might have been in contact with sick pigs at hog farms placed under quarantine since October of last year. Duque said the Ebola-Reston virus is both an animal and...

2009-01-28 08:31:28

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have likely found one reason why the Ebola virus is such a powerful, deadly, and effective virus. Using a cell culture model for Ebola virus infection, they have discovered that the virus disables a cellular protein called tetherin that normally can block the spread of virus from cell to cell. "Tetherin represents a new class of cellular factors that possess a very different means of inhibiting viral replication," says study...

2009-01-23 10:54:45

On Friday, the government said that at least one person has tested positive for the Ebola-Reston virus in the Philippines, where the disease has broken out in pigs at two farms north of the capital. Francisco Duque, Health Secretary, told a news conference that there was little immediate health risk, but experts said the virus' jump to humans was a concern. "This presents a negligible risk to human health," Duque said. A 10-day field test at the two farms was ended over the weekend by experts...

2009-01-13 09:40:33

Research led by Iowa State University scientists has them a step closer to finding a way to counter the Ebola virus. A team led by Gaya Amarasinghe, an assistant professor in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, has recently solved the structure from a key part of the Ebola protein known as VP35. VP35 interferes with the natural resistance of host cells against viral infections. "Usually when viruses infect cells, the host immune system can fight to eventually clear the virus. But...

2008-12-30 09:32:13

At least 11 people were killed by an Ebola virus outbreak in western Congo, the country's health minister said Tuesday. The 11 are among 35 people infected with the hemorrhagic fever in the village of Kaluemba, Western Kasai province, where the epidemic began in late November, Health Minister August Mopipi said. Suspected cases of the highly contagious disease -- spread through direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person or with contaminated objects -- also have been...

2008-12-23 16:01:50

The world's first reported cases of the Ebola-Reston virus in hogs in the Philippines is under investigation, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The Philippine government asked the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world Organization for Human Health and the WHO to send experts to investigate the outbreak, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a news release. Since being informed of this event in late November, FAO, OIE and WHO have been making every effort to gain...

2008-12-19 14:50:52

Global health officials are investigating a strain of the Ebola virus found in dead pigs in the Philippines. The Reston strain had previously only been seen in monkeys, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for the World Health Organization's office in Manila, said it is unclear whether the virus holds any risk to human, the newspaper said. When a virus jumps species, in this case from monkeys to pigs, we become concerned, particularly as pigs are much closer...

Latest Ebola Reference Libraries

Franquet's Epauletted Fruit Bat, Epomops franqueti
2012-08-14 08:12:01

Franquet's epauletted fruit bat (Epomops franqueti) is a megabat that is native to Africa. Its range extends from Angola and Zambia in the south to Sudan and the Ivory Coast. This range includes Angola, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda, among other areas. It is thought that these bats may appear in Zambia as well. It prefers a habitat within tropical and subtropical mangrove, arid, and moist forests as well as in swamps and arid savannahs. Franquet’s epauletted...

Western Red Colobus, Procolobus badius
2012-06-21 13:40:23

The western red colobus (Procolobus badius) is an Old World monkey that is native to Africa. Its range includes the forests of Ghana to Senegal. It was previously though that this species held all other red colobuses, although it still holds three subspecies. In 1994, western red colobuses that were eaten by common chimpanzees and other species contracted Ebola from the infected individuals. The western red colobus has been given a conservation status of “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List....

2011-02-17 16:29:01

Marburg virus, or Marburg, is the standard name for the genus of viruses Marburgvirus which contains the species, Lake Victoria Marburgvirus. It causes Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever (MHF) which originated with primates. It originated in Africa and can infect humans and primates. It is in the same taxonomic family as Ebola and both are identical structurally although they elicit different antibodies. It was named after the location of the first outbreak in Marburg, Germany in 1967. The...

2011-01-11 13:37:27

Filoviridae family of viruses belongs to the order of Mononegavirales. Filoviruses cause hemorrhagic fever often with fatal bleeding and coagulating abnormalities. The name comes from the Latin word filum, which alludes to the thread-like appearance of virus particles. They are single stranded negative sense RNA viruses that target primates. The two genera are Ebola-Reston virus and Marburg virus. The family was discovered in 1967 when 31 people were infected with the Marburg virus in...

2011-01-11 10:59:51

Ebolavirus (EBOV), a viral genus, is the disease Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF). The virus gets its name from the Ebola River Valley in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the first outbreak occurred in 1976. The virus was obscure until 1989 when several widely publicized outbreaks occurred among monkeys in the United States. The virus disrupts the endothelial cells lining the interior surface of blood vessels. The platelets become unable to...

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