Tagged: ebola

April’s Fool or just plain Fool? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 01, 2014

The number of people who have died in Guinea from Ebola virus infection is now at 78, and Médecins sans Frontières says the country faces an unprecedented epidemic. Two sisters have died in neighbouring Liberia, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, and Senegal has closed its borders with the west African country. Despite there being no … Read More

Monday Micro – Ebola outbreak in Guinea - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 24, 2014

The news is full of reports of an outbreak of Ebola in the west African country of Guinea. Ebola is one of a group of related viruses which cause viral haemorrhagic fever. There is no vaccine or treatment for these viruses. So far reports are that there have been at least 80 cases with 59 deaths. Read More

Discovery of a new Ebola-like virus in Europe - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 28, 2011

Researchers from Spain and the USA have reported finding an Ebola-like Filovirus in dead bats in Spain. For those who don’t know anything about Ebola, it a highly contagious virus which causes haemorrhagic fever (described in Richard Preston’s fantastic book The Hot Zone as something like bleeding from every orifice). It probably comes as no surprise that … Read More