Ebola Virus Treatment News and Information

What is Ebola Virus? (Definition)

Ebola (previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus species. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is caused by one of the five strains of the Ebola virus.

According to the World Health Organization, humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.

See below for updated news and information regarding the Ebola Virus including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Ebola Virus Treatment News and Research

New Ebola Virus Research News: NIH Scientists Identify Early Impact of Ebola Virus on Immune System

(SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES) - A new mouse model of early Ebola virus (EBOV) infection has shown National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and colleagues how early responses of the immune system can affect development of EBOV disease. The model could help identify protective immune responses as targets for developing human EBOV therapeutics. Scientists from NIH’s National Institute of ...
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Ebola Research News: Penn Vet Research Identifies New Target for Taming Ebola

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA) - Viruses and their hosts are in a eternal game of one-upmanship. If a host cell evolves a way to stop a virus from spreading, the virus will look for a new path. And so on and so forth. A team of scientists led by Ronald Harty, a professor of pathobiology and microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania's School ...
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UTMB researchers find how Ebola disables the immune system

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON) A new study at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston sheds light on how Ebola so effectively disables the human immune system. Virologist Alex Bukreyev, UTMB professor and senior author of the study, said the research team engineered versions of the Ebola virus in order to study how the components responsible for thwarting ...
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