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Medical News and Perspectives
July 13, 2005

Vaccines Against Ebola and Marburg Viruses Show Promise in Primate Studies

JAMA. 2005;294(2):163-164. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.163

As naturally deadly pathogens that could also be manipulated for use as agents of bioterrorism, the Ebola and Marburg viruses are threats that researchers have sought to overcome for decades.

While there are no approved vaccines or therapies against these pathogens and the often fatal hemorrhagic fevers they cause, a report published July 5 in an online edition of Nature Medicine describes new and promising vaccines that appear to offer complete protection for nonhuman primates infected with the viruses (http://www.nature.com/naturemedicine).