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Nov 30, 2005

Nov 30, 2005

Signs of Ebola virus found in bats

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers have found evidence of Ebola virus infection in three African species of bats that are eaten by humans, suggesting that bats may be a natural reservoir of the mysterious virus, according to a report published today in Nature.

Nov 10, 2005

Nov 10, 2005

Angola declares worst Marburg outbreak over

(CIDRAP News) – After a harrowing year of trying to stop the spread of the lethal Marburg virus, Angola has declared itself free of Marburg hemorrhagic fever, according to news reports.

Oct 21, 2005

Oct 21, 2005

CDC sets rules for handling 1918 flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently reconstructed the 1918 pandemic influenza virus for research purposes, has classified the virus as a "select agent," imposing special rules on groups that handle it.

Aug 11, 2005

Aug 11, 2005

New biosafety level 4 lab breaks ground at UTMB, Galveston

Aug 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and scientists yesterday recognized the formal opening of construction on a laboratory that will house research on the most dangerous emerging infectious diseases and potential bioterrorism agents.

Jul 13, 2005

Jul 13, 2005

WHO lowers reported Marburg toll in Angola

(CIDRAP News) – The latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Marburg hemorrhagic fever epidemic in Angola gives significantly lower numbers of cases and deaths than previous reports.

Jun 17, 2005

Jun 17, 2005

Ebola outbreak ebbs, Marburg lingers

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to contain an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appear to be succeeding in the Republic of the Congo, but the longer-running Marburg fever outbreak in Angola is still claiming victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Jun 07, 2005

Jun 07, 2005

Ebola, Marburg vaccines work in monkeys

(CIDRAP News) – A pair of vaccines created by a Canadian-based international team of researchers protected monkeys against the lethal Ebola and Marburg viruses, according to a new report in Nature Medicine.

May 18, 2005

May 18, 2005

Ebola found in Congo Republic outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Ebola virus has been found in a sample from one of the nine people who have died in a hemorrhagic fever outbreak in the Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 16, 2005

May 16, 2005

Ebola-like outbreak reported in Congo Republic

(CIDRAP News) – Nine people have died in the Republic of Congo from a hemorrhagic disease that authorities are describing as "Ebola-like," and at least another 52 people who had contact with the victims are being monitored, according to news reports today.

May 10, 2005

May 10, 2005

NIAID awards first Project Bioshield grants

Editor's note: This story was revised shortly after publication to reflect corrections issued by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on May 10. The corrections pertain to the total monetary amount of the grants and to the project descriptions for XOMA (US) LLC and DVC Dynport LLC.

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