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Developing a Vaccine for Ebola
Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP
Editor-in Chief, Scientific American Medicine

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green). Courtesy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

The World Health Organization reports(1) this past week that there have been 15,935 confirmed cases of Ebola, nearly twice the number since my editorial mid-October. The death toll now exceeds 5,600 up from around 4,000 people one month ago. The majority of cases have occurred in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone among eight different West African nations; however, the Ebola case incidence seems to be stabilizing in Guinea and stable or declining in Liberia. Good news of sorts. Read More

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