The Ebola outbreak, which made headlines just last year, is slowly but surely coming under control, according to the World Health Organization and public health initiatives. Now, researchers are saying that there is hope that it will soon never resurface in epidemic proportions again, as an experimental vaccine called VSV-ZEBOV was recently found to be both safe and effective in early human trials.
A year into West Africa's Ebola epidemic, the WHO has reported more than 7,500 deaths and nearly 20,000 confirmed cases among humans. And while it's understandable why the media has focused on these tragic numbers, some researchers are saying that we're missing something equally tragic: nearly a third of the world's gorillas and chimpanzees have died from Ebola since the 1990s.
Researchers have recently discovered what looks to be the exotic mechanism that allows the Ebola virus to replicate in its host, spreading to the point that it becomes a deadly infection. Understanding this could open up new treatment options that help victims of measles and even rabies as well.
The deadly Ebola pandemic that continues to sweep through West Africa is likely spreading to a decent portion of affected communities through the improper treatment and burial of confirmed and suspected infection victims. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed new protocols that they believe will help facilitate the safe-but-dignified burial of Ebola victims.
Good news from the scientific front in the fight against Ebola. Researchers have determine that an inhalable version of an experimental Ebola vaccine is not only possible, its proven to be very promising in animal testing, doing just as well as an injected version.
Experts have decoded the genetic factors that contribute to an Ebola patient's susceptibility to the virus, potentially helping to determine who faces the greatest risk of deadly symptoms.
Earlier today, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that a new imported case of Ebola has developed in an American health worker. His chances of survival look positive, and experts are saying that his blood, along with the blood of other survivors, could potentially help treat the disease.
Researchers are arguing that some very lucky individuals may be naturally immune to Ebola infection, and finding them could open doors for treatment and disease containment not even considered.
For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have given their patients honeysuckle, often in the form of tea, to help alleviate certain ailments. Now, researchers think that this age-old practice may have been on to something. A molecule within the plant has been found to directly target influenza, making it a potential treatment option for the troublesome virus.
A United States health worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus, making them the first US citizen to contract the infection and the second person to come down with symptoms while in the country. Still, experts are quick to note that the victim was caring for the first US case, and the disease is likely still contained.
In case the mess of satirical and actual panic on social media hasn't alerted you of the situation yet, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally confirmed that a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States.
Researchers recently used World Health Organization (WHO) statistics on the current Ebola outbreak to estimate just how many additional infections would occur by the end of September. They found that an estimated 6,800 new cases are likely to occur, raising the question "what is making this outbreak so bad?"
The deadly Ebola virus that is sweeping across west Africa, infecting and killing thousands of people, is thought have had originated in small and unassuming animals. Researchers have stumbled upon a number of carriers of the disease in the animal kingdom, where it is just as much an epidemic as it is in urban Africa. Some hope that finding the source of the disease will help them understand how it suddenly became so prevalent among humans.
Two Americans were recently cured of the deadly Ebola virus that is sweeping across west Africa. Now the physicians who thought up the so-called miraculous cure have released details on how it works and what inspired it.