Army Researchers Find an Ebola Vaccine/cure

Leave it to the Army to not only find a vaccine/cure for the Ebola virus, but be working on ways to use it to increase the chances of survival for other viri.

The one thing that still bothers me after so many years of living in Central PA is the fact that USAMRIID is only a few miles down the road and they do a LOT of testing on stuff like this.  The potential for outbreaks are mitigated fairly well, but I’m paranoid enough as it is.  Just knowing it’s down there…shudder…

Anyhow, seen over on the Wired:Danger Room blog, they present portions of an article from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Read the whole story here;

One of the world’s deadliest pathogens, which gives its victims a gruesomely bloody exit, might finally be contained. After decades of unsuccessful research, a collaboration based out of the Army’s labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland has devised an experimental injection that cures the Ebola virus by targeting its genetic material.

The Army Article is here;

Scientists using tiny particles of genetic material to interfere in the replication process of the deadly Ebola virus have successfully prevented monkeys exposed to that virus from dying of hemorrhagic fever. The proof-of-concept study, published in this week’s issue of The Lancet, suggests that such protection also should be possible in humans.

“Over the past decade, we have evaluated numerous therapeutic approaches for the treatment of lethal viruses, such as Ebola,” said co-author Dr. Lisa E. Hensley of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). “None of them have conferred complete protection to Ebola virus-infected primates—until now.”


~ by Normanomicon on June 5, 2010.

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