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Ebola outbreak declared over – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 15th, 2016.

[UPDATE: Health officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed another death from Ebola, just hours after the World Health Organisation declared an end to the outbreak in West Africa – RNZ] The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the West African Ebola outbreak officially over. The WHO announcement is based in data which shows that for […]

Ebola: one year on

Laura Goodall posted in on March 23rd, 2015.

Exactly a year ago, on 23 March 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that there was a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola in Guinea. Today, although the majority of cases are being brought under control, the disease is still affecting West African communities. Other countries are also continuing to take extra precautions in diagnosing and […]

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BRIEFING: Ebola – contagion, containment and treatment

John Kerr posted in on October 31st, 2014.

The West African Ebola epidemic isn’t going anywhere in a hurry. The latest WHO report lists over 10,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths from the disease, with rates still on the rise.  The Science Media Centre assembled a panel of experts — including a live update from a Kiwi scientist currently visiting the US Centre […]

Genetic influence on Ebola in mice – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 31st, 2014.

Research published today in the journal Science shows how genetics influence the severity of symptoms in mice infected with the Ebola virus. Effects ranged from total resistance with no symptoms, to severe symptoms and death – and these depended on the genetic background of the infected mice. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following […]

GSK Ebola vaccine won’t be ready until late 2015 – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 20th, 2014.

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has said that its potential Ebola vaccine isn’t likely to be ready until late 2015. GSK is one of several companies trying to fast-track a vaccine to prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa, compressing trials that would normally take up to 10 years into just 12 months. According to GSK’s press […]

Ebola in New Zealand – Campbell Live

Laura Goodall posted in on October 8th, 2014.

Following the recent diagnosis of Ebola in Spain, John Campbell wants to know what would happen if – against the odds –  a person was diagnosed with Ebola in New Zealand, and how well equipped the country is to stop further spread of the disease. He speaks to Steve McBride at Middlemore Hospital to find out more. An […]

Ebola becoming airborne – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 3rd, 2014.

Media coverage around the continuing Ebola outbreak has questioned whether or not the virus could in future change its mode of transmission to become airborne, though this is thought to be unlikely. The coverage follows news of the first imported case of Ebola in the United States, where a man from Liberia was admitted to a hospital […]

First case of Ebola in United States – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on October 2nd, 2014.

The first imported case of Ebola in the US has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorities are monitoring at least five schoolchildren who came into contact with the patient after he became sick and infectious. The patient came to the United States from Liberia on 20 September aboard a commercial […]

Suspected Ebola case in Australia – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 11th, 2014.

A 25 year old Australian man, who has recently returned from a visit to the Ebola-affected Congo, has been admitted to a Gold Coast hospital after experiencing Ebola-like symptoms. It has not yet been established whether the man actually has the deadly virus. For background on the virus from earlier Science Media Centre round ups, […]

Ebola screening at NZ airports – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 11th, 2014.

Screening of at-risk passengers will begin at airports as part of increased efforts to prevent Ebola reaching New Zealand undetected, the Ministry of Health has announced. The Ministry of Health website cautions: “The risk of a traveller arriving in New Zealand with Ebola virus disease (EVD) remains very low. “However, travellers arriving in New Zealand […]

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