Latest Ebola News: Vaccine for Ebola on the way

Finally, a ray of hope for the world threatened with Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that trials of preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus may begin in September, 2014 and there are good chances that the vaccine might be available for people by 2015. According to Jean-Marie Okwo Bele, the WHO's head of vaccines and immunization, the vaccine trial is supposed to start in September, first in the United States and certainly in African countries, given that that was where they had the cases, News24 reported.

Bele asserted that they could already have results by the end of the year if they will start the trials from next month. Currently, there is no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, a virus that caused severe fever and unstoppable bleeding.

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What is ebola virus?

The Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe condition caused by a virus from the Filoviridae family. Known to be a condition that is transmitted from animals to humans, this virus spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or animal.

What is the prognosis?

According to the WHO reports, on an average, 80% of the people infected with this virus do die. Their death is usually due to a drop in their blood pressure and failure of organs.

How can it be prevented?

According to Dr Ratan, There aren t any vaccinations available as of now, so basic hygiene is of importance and a must be followed in order to prevent the onset of the condition. Simple activities like washing your hands well, drinking water from a clean source, maintaining general hygiene and cooking your meat well, can all serve as precautionary measures. Apart from that people should avoid crowded places, or those that are known to have an outbreak. It is also important that if they notice any early symptoms, they should visit a doctor immediately.

Should people in India worry?

It s not prevalent in India, but people living in remote areas, where living conditions are poor, are always at risk of getting infected. But largely there is no need to worry as such. Read more about Ebola virus causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention

With inputs from ANI

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