Tag Archives: Ebola

02.22.18

The Ebola Footprint – Broader Than You Think

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This post was coauthored by Tom Vincent and Dr. Jean-Paul Gonzalez.  Dr. Gonzalez is the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence in Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at Kansas State University.   Ebola virus disease is a hemorrhagic febrile illness that has case-fatality rates that vary from 32% to 88% across well-studied outbreaks.  Thankfully, the number of […]

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12.15.17

Stop. Think Twice. How Are Your Charitable Donations Really Being Spent?

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  It’s that time of year when people are feeling more generous than ever.  Many Americans are donating to charitable organizations such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.   Due to the surge of devastating natural disasters that struck the country this past year, many people have made additional contributions to help the victims rebuild […]

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11.30.17

Meet Marburg, Ebola’s Sister

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  Micrograph of Marburgvirus (credit: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)   Last month, the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) declared an outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Eastern Uganda. To date, three cases have been reported (two confirmed, one probable), and all have died, resulting in a case-fatality rate of 100% […]

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10.23.17

Ebola Taï Forest: A Unique Emergence, and the Dawn of the Modern Age of Ebola

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  “These woods are where silence has come to lick its wounds.”  – Samantha Hunt   In 1994, Ebola, a lethal virus that had been silent for fifteen years, awoke. Two separate outbreaks would shatter this silence, but one of these was unique, the likes of which has not been seen since. Though the last […]

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10.05.17

New Research Offers Progress Toward Detecting and Treating Ebola

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Last week, two scientific discoveries were announced that could lead to better and earlier treatments for persons with Ebola virus disease. First, scientists at University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston have discovered a protein within the body’s immune system that plays a central role in Ebola infections. Ebola virus infections are known to cause […]

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07.20.17

Monkey Business: Ebola Research is Benefitted by Recent Discovery

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Rhesus monkey (Image source)   A new study published this week in Nature Microbiology brings good news for research toward the persistence of Ebola virus in asymptomatic individuals. Ebola virus (EBOV) is the virus that causes Ebola (now referred to as Ebola virus disease, or EVD), a viral hemorrhagic fever that has a very high […]

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06.30.17

The Outbreak That Wasn’t: Liberia’s “Post-Ebola” Moment

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Ever since WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in West Africa in June 2016, the world has wondered when (not if) they would see Ebola again. In May 2017, the virus reemerged from its secret jungle lair, but not before a brief panic in Liberia just a few weeks prior that would briefly […]

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06.02.17

Ebola: Fifteen Years of Silence

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  “The music is not in the notes, but the silence in between.”   – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   If one were to describe the history of Ebola outbreaks, one method would be to construct a timeline, with a point on the line for each outbreak.  You could create this timeline with a varying number of […]

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05.01.17

Remembering Tandala, 1977: Elucidating Ebola

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Forty years ago, in June 1977, a nine-year old girl died of acute hemorrhagic fever at a hospital in Tandala, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).[i] Her post-mortem blood sample arrived at CDC-Atlanta nine days later, and despite the lack of refrigeration during shipping and its subsequent bacterial infection, scientists were able to positively […]

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03.17.17

Recalling that Infectious Diseases Know No Borders | Global Health Security Is a Win-Win for the Trump Administration

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This week, the Trump Administration unveiled its proposed budget, calling for cuts in a number of agencies. The proposal will need to be approved by Congress before it can be enacted. As lawmakers take this on, I found it necessary to re-publish an old post from November of last year, following the election, for its relevance. The […]

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