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

A tale of two global emergencies…

Today I want to bring attention to an excellent article that my friend and collaborator Dr. Ruvandhi Nathavitharana and her coauthor Jon Friedland have published, entitled, “A tale of two global emergencies: tuberculosis control efforts can learn from the Ebola outbreak.” In it, she describes the neglect of infection control and resulting health care worker infections from Ebola and TB. Ruvandhi calls for “sustained political commitment and community engagement” … Continue reading A tale of two global emergencies…