ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

scientists have, for the first time, discovered a new ebola species before detection in a sick human being or animal. the discovery of bombali virus adds further support for bats as hosts of ebolaviruses. bombali virus was detected in free-tailed bats in sierra leone (little free-tailed (chaerephon pumilus) and angolan free-tailed (mops condylurus). the bats were found roosting inside houses, indicating the potential for human transmission. however, … Continue reading ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

virus samples arrive at boston university laboratory

south end facility beginning work on ebola, marburg felice freyer wrote an interesting article in the boston globe today about virus research that’s getting started at the national emerging infectious diseases laboratories (neidl) at boston university. [conflict of interest note: i am a faculty member at boston university, and in the boston medical center infectious diseases section]. i agree with dr. elke mühlberger, that it … Continue reading virus samples arrive at boston university laboratory

ebola update from congo / mise à jour concernant ebola dans le congo

here’s an update regarding the ongoing ebola outbreak in congo. it is certainly a nightmare, because the area of congo is a highly trafficked region with lots of movement. the biggest concern is that the virus could spread beyond congo to uganda and then kenya and ethiopia, etc. first, “one million of the province’s eight million inhabitants are displaced and getting access to some of those … Continue reading ebola update from congo / mise à jour concernant ebola dans le congo

ebola update from my friend patrick in the democratic republic of congo

i was horrified to learn of yet another ebola zaire outbreak in the democratic republic of the congo. upset not only because local people are dying of ebola, but also because this outbreak is only a few hours from where my close friends patrick and anna larochelle have been doing medical work for the past several years. thankfully i just got an email from patrick … Continue reading ebola update from my friend patrick in the democratic republic of congo

Dr. Julie Dyall: Activity of Amiodarone Against Ebola virus

We still struggle to know how to best treat patients suffering from Ebola virus disease. At the onset of the 2013–2016 epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD), no antiviral medication was approved for treatment. Therefore, doctors and researchers came up with the idea of trying Amiodarone. Amiodarone, normally used for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, was reported to inhibit Ebola filovirus entry.  Although amiodarone had … Continue reading Dr. Julie Dyall: Activity of Amiodarone Against Ebola virus

Fear and Stigma in the Age of Ebola

How can we strike a balance between being safe while avoiding policies that promote stigma against those who are sick during epidemics? Outbreaks with emerging infectious diseases tend to elicit intense amount of fear and confusion in our society, which can lead to stigmatization of those with the infection and the people who care for them. Stigma during the Ebola outbreak was pointed towards patients … Continue reading Fear and Stigma in the Age of Ebola

Ebola in the Rhesus Macaque

Check out this article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by Derron Alves et al. A rhesus macaque monkey had necrotizing scleritis, conjunctivitis, peri-optic neuritis, and choriomeningoencephalitis 18 days after being challenged with the Ebola virus and apparently recovering. The animal had to be euthanized. A few questions that come to mind: How good is the macaque model for representing human disease? Why did Dr. Ian … Continue reading Ebola in the Rhesus Macaque