Walter Reed Army Institute of Research begins phase 1 clinical trial of Marburg vaccine
(Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) WRAIR this week administered the first vaccine in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a Marburg vaccine candidate in healthy adult volunteers. The WRAIR study evaluates the VRC-MARADC087-00-VP vaccine, developed by the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Marburg virus is in the same family as Ebola and causes severe hemorrhagic fever in humans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

WHO sees Congo's Ebola outbreak lasting 3-4 months at least
Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak is expected to last another 3-4 months and could spread at any time to Uganda or Rwanda, which are well prepared but have not approved use of a vaccine, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

DNA vaccine shows promising, long-term results against Ebola virus
A synthetic DNA vaccine is showing immediate and long-term promising results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q & A with Dr Ann Moen: How influenza preparedness helps fight other infectious diseases
Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases. Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It ’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better unders...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news

Global Health: Ebola Likely to Spread From Congo to Uganda, W.H.O. Says
Local fighting and fleeing patients led the organization to increase its alert level. The disease has appeared in a Congolese fishing village near Uganda. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Epidemics Ebola Virus Vaccination and Immunization World Health Organization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Uganda Source Type: news

WHO warns of Ebola 'perfect storm' in Congo
The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization says insecurity, public defiance about vaccinations and political jockeying could create a "perfect storm" leading the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak to spread. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border
; woman had refused vaccination (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Uganda to deploy Ebola vaccine if virus spreads from Congo
Uganda will vaccinate against Ebola should it spread from Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been hit twice this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Global Health: Ebola Attacked Congo Again. But Now Congo Seems to Be Winning
New cases are dropping sharply, vaccination is going well and schools are about to open. But it is too soon to declare victory, experts said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Epidemics Ebola Virus ZMapp (Drug) Vaccination and Immunization Protective Clothing and Gear Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Doctors Without Borders International Medical Corps United Nations World Health Organization Af Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a key juncture. Recent trends (Figure 1) suggest that control measures are working. Over the past week, contact follow-up rates have substantially improved, most patients recently admitted to Ebola treatment centres (ETC) received therapeutics within hours of being confirmed, and ring vaccination activities have scaled to reach contacts (and their contacts) of most confirmed cases reported in the last three weeks. However, the outbreak trend must be interpreted with caution. Since the last Disease Outbreak News on 24 August 2018, 13 add...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - August 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

WHO: DRC May See Continued Ebola Cases for'Another Few Weeks '
(MedPage Today) -- Over 4,600 people have been vaccinated (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 30, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Congo approves 4 more experimental treatments as Ebola battle continues
Ministry says 10 Ebola patients who received first experimental treatment are doing well, while health-care workers struggle to contain the spread of the deadly virus through a vaccination campaign. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Researchers Plot Maps, Collect Data to Fight Future Infectious Disease Outbreaks
[VOA] With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health workers try experimental treatment as Congo Ebola outbreak spreads
Officials are hoping a new treatment can help patients already infected with the deadly virus, as they continue a vaccination campaign to prevent it. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Experts highlight Ebola vaccine progress and suggest next steps
Important scientific questions remain unanswered in the effort to develop a safe and effective Ebola vaccine. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccine available, but latest outbreak in Congo hard to contain, WHO says
Armed groups, dense populations and mass displacement make Congo's latest deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus more challenging than ever to manage, the World Health Organization's chief says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Experts highlight ebola vaccine progress and suggest next steps
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Despite promising advances, important scientific questions remain unanswered in the effort to develop a safe and effective Ebola vaccine, according to members of an international Ebola research consortium. In a Viewpoint published in The Lancet, the experts review the current field of Ebola vaccine candidates and clinical trials and highlight key gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed by future research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccinations Begin in Congo Ebola Outbreak
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 -- Vaccinations against Ebola began yesterday in an effort to stem the latest outbreak in Congo. Three thousand doses of the experimental vaccine are being sent to North Kivu province. The first to be vaccinated will include... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vaccinations underway in Congo's latest Ebola outbreak
Health officials try to contain the deadly virus as the presence of multiple armed groups threatens to complicate their efforts. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Ebola Vaccination Begins in North Kivu
[WHO] The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo Ebola Vaccine Teams Set Up Fridges, 43 Cases Suspected Congo Ebola Vaccine Teams Set Up Fridges, 43 Cases Suspected
Health workers in Congo were setting up refrigerators on Monday to keep cool an Ebola vaccine needed to tackle an outbreak suspected to have infected 43 people, the health ministry said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Health workers in Congo being vaccinated against Ebola: WHO
Vaccination of health workers against the deadly Ebola virus has begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo to try to halt an outbreak in the volatile east of the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Genetic tests confirm separate DRC Ebola outbreak; vaccination begins tomorrow
A genetic analysis of the Ebola virus from a new outbreak of the disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) North Kivu province confirms that it isn't related to a recent outbreak in Equateur province, and other lab testing has confirmed three more cases in the latest outbreak. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's latest deadly outbreak
; regional armed groups a concern (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ebola Vaccinations in Eastern Congo Due to Begin on Wednesday Ebola Vaccinations in Eastern Congo Due to Begin on Wednesday
V accinations against a new outbreak of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are due to begin on Wednesday, a senior official at the health ministry said on Sunday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Latest Congo Ebola outbreak is Zaire strain, vaccinations to start
An Ebola outbreak in Congo has been confirmed as the Zaire strain of the virus and vaccinations of health workers may start as early as Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Ebola Vaccinations to Start Amid New Outbreak
[Deutsche Welle] Health officials have said they will begin administering an experimental vaccine following a new Ebola outbreak last week. The drug was previously successful in containing an outbreak in the northwest of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Congo Ebola vaccine teams set up fridges, 43 cases suspected
Health workers in Congo were setting up refrigerators on Monday to keep cool an Ebola vaccine needed to tackle an outbreak suspected to have infected 43 people, the health ministry said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Experimental Ebola Vaccinations to Resume in Democratic Republic of Congo
In response to a new outbreak, health workers will start administering vaccines again soon. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 6, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Congo health ministry preps for possible Ebola vaccinations
Congo's health ministry says that it is preparing to begin Ebola vaccinations Wednesday in the city of Beni and neighboring Mangina village where the outbreak was announced last week (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ebola vaccinations in eastern Congo due to begin on Wednesday
Vaccinations against a new outbreak of Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are due to begin on Wednesday, a senior official at the health ministry said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO Warns There May Be No Vaccine Option for New Ebola Outbreak WHO Warns There May Be No Vaccine Option for New Ebola Outbreak
It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak that has caused four confirmed cases, including two health workers, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

WHO to find out if vaccine can be used in new Ebola outbreak in Congo
The World Health Organization said it hopes to know as early as Tuesday whether the strain of Ebola causing the current outbreak is the one for which an experimental vaccine can be used. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Congo to use Ebola vaccine as early as next week: health minister
Democratic Republic of Congo will start using an Ebola vaccine as early as next week to counter a new flare-up in the heavily populated eastern part of the Central African country, which emerged just as an earlier outbreak was being pronounced over. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Congo to use Ebola vaccine as early as next week: health minister
Democratic Republic of Congo will start using Ebola vaccine as early as next week to counter a flare-up the heavily populated eastern part of the Central African country, health minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO to know soon if new Congo Ebola outbreak can use vaccine
WHO to know soon if vaccine can be used in Congo's new Ebola outbreak in violent region (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Latest Ebola Outbreak Poses High Regional Risk, Says WHO
[Deutsche Welle] The WHO said the presence of armed groups and the wide-distance spread of the disease, could make vaccination "near impossible" in North Kivu. It's the tenth outbreak in DRC since Ebola was discovered. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola in Congo outbreak is Zaire strain which can be vaccinated against
The type of Ebola in the latest outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is the Zaire strain which has been successfully vaccinated against in past flare-ups, the health ministry said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO faces complex vaccine and security questions in Ebola response in Congo
Depending on the strain of the virus causing Congo's current outbreak, the Merck vaccine used to stem the country's previous one may not be effective. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

WHO sees complex vaccine and security questions in Ebola response
It will be complicated and perhaps impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization's emergency response chief said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak
It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak that has caused four confirmed cases, including two health workers, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO warns there may be no vaccine option for new Ebola outbreak
It may be impossible to use a vaccine to tackle Democratic Republic of Congo's new Ebola outbreak, which has spread over 10s of kilometers and may have begun in May, a senior World Health Organization official said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Bringing Ebola Vaccine to Remote Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
[Africa Renewal] It's been nearly twenty years since the residents of Bosolo village in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo have seen a car. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 1, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Over
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 -- The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is over, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak began in April and was the first in which a new vaccine was quickly utilized, The New York... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 25, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The World Health Organization Just Declared the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Is Over
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—the country’s ninth outbreak of the deadly virus—after a total of 53 confirmed and probable cases were reported, including 33 deaths. “The outbreak was contained due to the tireless efforts of local teams, the support of partners, the generosity of donors, and the effective leadership of the Ministry of Health. That kind of leadership, allied with strong collaboration between partners, saves lives,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statemen...
Source: TIME: Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized ebola healthytime onetime Source Type: news

Global Health: Ebola Outbreak in Congo Has Ended, W.H.O. Says
The outbreak, the first in which a new vaccine was quickly rolled out, was extinguished in less than three months, with 33 deaths. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics Vaccination and Immunization World Health Organization Merck & Company Inc Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Source Type: news

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared over
The Democratic Republic of Congo marked the end of its ninth Ebola outbreak on Tuesday. Experts credit the use of traditional methods, such as contact tracing, and new tools, such as an experimental vaccine, in helping to quickly control the deadly outbreak. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Six Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Impacting Patients
It ’s difficult to open a newspaper nowadays without seeing an article about artificial intelligence. These column-inches spark our imaginations with heady visions of possible futures and crease our brows with concern in equal measure. But one thing you cannot escape is that AI is here now and it’s only going to become more pervasive.While fear of an unknown technology is understandable, in many ways it does a disservice to the incredible impact that AI is already having on the world around us. In the healthcare space alone, it is offering ways to fundamentally rethink clinical practice, speeding up diagnosis, ...
Source: EyeForPharma - July 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lucy Fulford Source Type: news

Global Health: For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others
A Liberian woman recovered after tending her dying brother, but infected her family a year later. Being pregnant may have reignited the virus in her. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Ebola Virus Pregnancy and Childbirth Discrimination Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lancet Infectious Diseases, The (Journal) World Health Organization Africa Liberia Emily Kainne Dukobo Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Scientists get first look at T cell responses in Ebola virus survivors
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists conducting the first comprehensive study of key immune system cells-collected from West African Ebola survivors-that kill Ebola infected cells have made a surprising discovery that provides important clues to developing effective vaccines against the infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news