Tag Archives: Virology

WHO Director-General visited Ebola-affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus traveled over the New Year to Ebola-affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to review the response at this critical phase. Efforts to end the outbreak are continuing after recent disruptions, but further interruptions could have serious consequences, he warned.

Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides ‘high protection’ – UN health agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has said that an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea.

“The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year,” WHO said in a news release, noting the results of the latest trial, published earlier today in the medical journal The Lancet.

Newly Discovered Antibody ‘Neutralizes’ Zika Virus, Shows Mouse Study

A research team led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center scientist Prof. James Crowe, Jr., has isolated a human monoclonal antibody that in a mouse model ‘markedly reduced’ infection by the Zika virus.

Zika virus is a member of the Flavivirus genus in the Flaviviridae family. It was accidentally discovered in Uganda in 1947, during a course of surveillance on mosquitoes and primates.