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Sierra Leone to Shut Down for 3 Days to Slow Ebola

September 18, 2014 11:35 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

Healthy Humans Make Nice Homes for Viruses

September 17, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research.                       

19 Dates Tracing the Rise of Ebola

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Since the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, The Associated Press has been reporting on it. A timeline compiled from AP dispatches since March shows the dreaded disease being identified in a remote part of Guinea and then spreading to another country and then two more.

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UN: Nearly $1B Needed to Stop Ebola

September 16, 2014 11:36 am | by John Heilprin and Krista Larson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.                

U.S. Works to Step Up Ebola Aid, But is it Enough?

September 15, 2014 3:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.                 

Two Anti-Ebola Vaccines in Historic Race

September 11, 2014 3:38 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

One of the most rapidly fast-tracked vaccines in history— an anti-Ebola “ChAd3” vaccine— just started clinical trial in humans, and may be done as soon as November. But a second fast-tracked anti-Ebola vaccine— called an “rVSV” vaccine— is hot on its heels.

Gut Microbes Determine How Well Flu Vaccine Works

September 11, 2014 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Mice treated with antibiotics to remove most of their intestinal bacteria or raised under sterile conditions have impaired antibody responses to seasonal influenza vaccination, researchers have found.               

Ebola’s Ripple Effects

September 11, 2014 12:04 pm | Videos | Comments

The race to stamp out West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is not just about saving lives. It’s also about stemming an assault on society that could include food shortages and mass migration, morphing from a medical emergency into a broad humanitarian crisis.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Tainted Steroid Case

September 11, 2014 11:35 am | by Denise Lavoie - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A pharmacist who worked for a Massachusetts company blamed for a 2012 deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak has pleaded not guilty. Glenn Adam Chin entered his plea to a mail fraud charge at a brief hearing Thursday in federal court in Boston.  

UCSF, Google Earth Engine Making Maps to Predict Malaria

September 11, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers are working to create an online platform that health workers around the world can use to predict where malaria is likely to be transmitted using data on Google Earth Engine. Read more...               

With Surge in Liberia, Ebola Case Toll Above 4,200

September 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo and Maria Cheng - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving a spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients.                

Serious Respiratory Illness Hits Hundreds of Kids

September 8, 2014 1:24 pm | by Lindsey Tanner - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of children in about a dozen states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials suspect may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.          

Liberia Will See Thousands of New Ebola Cases

September 8, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Britain plan to send military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks.    

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NIH Finds Forgotten Ricin in Lab

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous materials.     

U.S. Doctor Infected with Ebola in Stable Condition

September 5, 2014 8:24 am | by Margery A. Beck - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick, but in stable condition at the Nebraska Medical Center, officials said Friday.                            

Tokyo Closes Park Seen as Local Source of Dengue

September 5, 2014 12:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular park in downtown Tokyo has been closed temporarily after dozens of cases of dengue fever were contracted by people who visited the area.                              

ZMapp: Best Anti-Ebola Treatment Yet

September 4, 2014 3:05 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

ZMapp, an experimental drug that may have already have saved a few patients in Africa, is the most effective anti-Ebola therapy yet, according to a recent Nature paper on rhesus macaques monkeys.              

Pharmacist Arrested in Tainted Steroid Case

September 4, 2014 11:25 am | by Denise Lavoie - AP Legal Affairs Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said.      

Ebola Fight to Cost $600M, WHO Says

September 3, 2014 12:23 pm | by Sarah DiLorenzo and Maria Cheng - Associated Press | News | Comments

At least $600 million is needed to fight the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has now killed more than 1,900 people, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.                     

A New Way to Diagnose Malaria

September 2, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

A research team has devised a way to use magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR), a close cousin of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to detect a parasitic waste product in the blood of Malaria-infected patients.             

World is 'Losing the Battle' Against Ebola

September 2, 2014 12:23 pm | by Alexandra Olson - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is `losing the battle' against Ebola, while U.N. officials implored all countries to quickly step up their response by contributing health experts and other help.    

From Bite Site to Brain: How Rabies Virus Hijacks Nerve Cells

August 29, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

New research sheds light on how the rabies virus hijacks the transport system in nerve cells to reach the brain with maximal speed and efficiency.                              

Genomic Sequencing Reveals Insights into Ebola Outbreak

August 29, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes.                   

U.S. to Begin Safety Testing Ebola Vaccine

August 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Seth Borenstein - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The NIH announced today that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GSK.

3rd Doctor Dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

August 27, 2014 10:23 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.           

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