Ebola deaths rise to 135 as vaccine research lags

Friday, April 18, 2014

As the death toll from the Ebola virus in West Africa climbs to 135 people, a vaccine to combat the deadly virus remains years out of reach.

With a lack of funding and relative infrequency of the disease, the global health community could be unprepared to deal with such outbreaks in the future.

First confirmed in Guinea in March, the outbreak has spread to Liberia with suspected cases in Mali and Sierra Leone. As of April 16, Guinea’s Ministry of Health has reported 197 cases of Ebola, including 122 deaths. Meanwhile, in Liberia, the country’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has confirmed 27 clinical cases, including 13 deaths.

Source: FierceVaccines (link opens in a new window)

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