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Health Agencies Update
January 17, 2001

Ebola Vaccine Progress

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JAMA. 2001;285(3):284. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.284

Although a number of other viral infections claim many more lives each year, Ebola virus is particularly feared because it spreads easily and kills swiftly and ruthlessly, before the body has time to muster an effective immune response. Now, a report that a new vaccine developed by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) appeared to protect monkeys from infection with the deadly virus is an encouraging sign of the feasibility of developing a protective human vaccine (Nature. 2000;408:605-609).