The First FDA-Approved Ebola Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

The First FDA-Approved Ebola Vaccine: Another Animal Research Victory

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, the FDA announced the approval of Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of the Ebola virus disease. The new vaccine protects against the Zaire species of Ebola virus, which is responsible for more than 11,000 deaths in West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and over 2,200 deaths in […]

Ebola vaccine proves successful in primates

Ebola vaccine proves successful in primates

Researchers are still working hard to develop an Ebola vaccine, and in exciting news, scientists have developed an inhaled Ebola vaccine that has been able to protect laboratory monkeys. After just one dose of the aerosol vaccine, researchers were unable to find any trace of Ebola after the monkeys were exposed to the virus! The […]

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Ebola virus evolving: What does it mean for us?

Since the 1970s, researchers have worked diligently to gather data from every Ebola outbreak. Recently, British researchers compiled this data and used computer progams to analyze the genetic changes in the virus. Their findings? The Ebola virus has evolved. Viruses change and evolve all the time, so it’s not surprising that the Ebola virus has […]

Ebola: Is the virus becoming more contagious?

Ebola: Is the virus becoming more contagious?

The Ebola virus is changing- but researchers aren’t quite sure what that means yet. Could the virus be mutating in a way that’s making it more contagious? By analyzing blood samples from people who have been infected by the disease, scientists are trying to determine how it’s being transmitted. They’re using genetic sequencing to monitor […]