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5 08, 2015

New Ebola Vaccine – Light at the End of the Tunnel

By |August 5th, 2015|Ebola|Comments Off on New Ebola Vaccine – Light at the End of the Tunnel

The world is heaving a sigh of relief with the news of the discovery of a new vaccine against Ebola. The preliminary results of a WHO-led trial in Guinea, the results of which were published in The Lancet, show that "VSV-EBOV", an experimental Ebola vaccine, is highly effective against the deadly virus. The aim of [...]

19 03, 2015

Measles Cases Expected to Double in Ebola Epidemic Countries

By |March 19th, 2015|Chemistry Analyzers, Ebola|Comments Off on Measles Cases Expected to Double in Ebola Epidemic Countries

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa infected more than 24,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in almost 10,000 deaths. A study published in the journal Science recently reports that measles cases could double in countries hardest hit by the West African Ebola virus. The outbreak interrupted healthcare services including child immunization [...]

24 02, 2015

WHO Approves First Quick Test for Ebola

By |February 24th, 2015|Ebola|Comments Off on WHO Approves First Quick Test for Ebola

According to a BBC report, the total number of reported Ebola cases stood at more than 22,999 in the second week of February, 2015. About 9,268 people were reported as having died from the disease in six countries: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the US and Mali. Delays in confirming Ebola have led to a [...]

14 01, 2015

Lab in a Suitcase to Rapidly Detect Ebola Virus

By |January 14th, 2015|Ebola|Comments Off on Lab in a Suitcase to Rapidly Detect Ebola Virus

According to a latest report from World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 20,000 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with more than 8,000 deaths. Contributing to a better management of the Ebola-outbreak, researchers at the German Primate Center (DPZ) have developed a Diagnostics-in-a-Suitcase. This solution [...]

2 01, 2015

Lab Error – CDC Worker Being Monitored for Ebola Exposure

By |January 2nd, 2015|Ebola, Lab Equipment|Comments Off on Lab Error – CDC Worker Being Monitored for Ebola Exposure

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that one of its technicians in was placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to a human error. It was found that the Ebola specimen which the worker handled in the less secure BSL-2 lab in Atlanta may have contained [...]

30 12, 2014

Roche Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test

By |December 30th, 2014|Ebola, Roche|Comments Off on Roche Receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the LightMix® Ebola Zaire rRT-PCR Test. This test is for use on patients with signs and symptoms of Ebola Zaire virus infection in conjunction with epidemiological risk factors, such as individuals traveling from West [...]

29 12, 2014

Handling Specimens from PUI for EVD – Need for Laboratory Specific Plan

By |December 29th, 2014|Ebola, Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Handling Specimens from PUI for EVD – Need for Laboratory Specific Plan

Recent reports indicate that the Ebola outbreak may last until the end of 2015 as the vaccines need more time to be tested. While specialized centers have been built to provide people with proper medical treatment, continual efforts are needed to fight Ebola which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has claimed about 7,300 [...]

2 12, 2014

Ebola – ‘Promising’ Vaccine Offers New Hope

By |December 2nd, 2014|Ebola, Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Ebola – ‘Promising’ Vaccine Offers New Hope

A new intramuscular vaccine has been developed at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Okairos, a biotechnology company acquired by GlaxoSmithKline. Following the first human trial of this experimental vaccine against Ebola virus disease (EVD), scientists at NIAID have described it as 'promising'. Their research was published in the New [...]

25 11, 2014

Study Assesses Safety Considerations in the Lab Testing of Ebola Virus Specimens

By |November 25th, 2014|Ebola, Laboratory Equipment|Comments Off on Study Assesses Safety Considerations in the Lab Testing of Ebola Virus Specimens

Countries all over the world now recognize the Ebola virus disease as a threat. The United States is helping to fight the spread of the disease in West Africa and also providing care for those infected, including patients brought to the United States for treatment. The federal government has asked clinical laboratories to take stock [...]

17 11, 2014

The Real Time RT-PCR (TaqMan®) Assay

By |November 17th, 2014|Benchmark Scientific, Ebola|Comments Off on The Real Time RT-PCR (TaqMan®) Assay

The FDA authorizes the use of the Ebola virus (Zaire) Real Time RT-PCR (TaqMan®) assay or the EZ1 assay if infection with Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) is suspected based on clinical and epidemiological screening criteria. The EZ1 assay allows the in vitro qualitative detection of viral RNA isolated [...]