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Ebola Virus: Finally a Vaccine?

Posted by Rebecca James on Apr 26, 2018 2:41:15 PM

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The Ebola virus, discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River that can cause a severe and often fatal disease called Ebola virus disease (EVD).  Since the first discovery in 1976, there have been sporadic outbreaks of EVD, with the most recent one in 2013-2016 affecting West African countries, mainly Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Fruit bats are the most likely reservoir of the Ebola virus.  Ebola is deadly in about 70% of those infected with Ebola; the 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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Topics: medicine, vaccination

Flu Outbreak Worse This Year

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 20, 2018 1:17:00 PM

This year's flu season has been unprecedentedly aggressive in comparison to recent years, causing levels of panic in the United States on the level of the H1N1 outbreak that occurred in 2009. Also known as swine flu, H1N1 caused rising levels of fear on a global level, with magazine covers publishing headlines about the epidemic and leading the World Health Organization to address the matter publicly, declaring it a pandemic.

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Topics: healthcare, flu, vaccination

Sanofi Pasteur Wrongdoing in Childrens Deaths?

Posted by Rebecca James on Feb 15, 2018 11:03:00 AM

In the Philippines, the government is currently dealing with a public health crisis surrounding the Dengue virus. After being inoculated with the Dengue vaccine known as Dengvaxia, children have fallen ill and succumbed to illness, some even falling sick to the Dengue virus within thirty days of their initial inoculation. 

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Topics: healthcare, ethics, vaccination