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Siberian scientists urgently working on vaccine for deadly Ebola

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 August 2014

Specialists from world famous Vector Institute in Novosibirsk region are conducting preclinical tests.

The Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Research Centre, also known as the Vector Institute, is a major research and production centre focusing on molecular biology, virology, genetic engineering, biotechnology, and epidemiology. Picture: The Siberian Times 

The world is facing the most serious Ebola outbreak ever, which has already accounted for around 900 lives this year, with more than 1,600 infected.

Russia's chief epidemiologist, Anna Popova, said: 'Such a vaccine is being developed by the state-run research centre Vector. At the moment, it is undergoing preclinical testing. This work has been accelerated as much as possible today'.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly infectious disease caused by the Ebola virus. It owes its name to a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the virus was identified for the first time in 1976. Some 90%  of the infections end in patients' death. No vaccine has been devised against Ebola fever.

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissue of infected animals or people. 

Symptoms include the sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, kidney and liver problems, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is doing everything possible to stop the virus from spreading across borders by bringing more doctors and epidemiologists to the most affected regions

The Vector State Virology and Biotechnology Research Centre, also known as the Vector Institute, is a major research and production centre focusing on molecular biology, virology, genetic engineering, biotechnology, and epidemiology.

The centre, based in Koltsovo, was a trailblazer in inventing and launching the production of test systems for the HIV and Hepatitis B diagnostic justification, and manufactured the only internal vaccine against the Hepatitis A virus.

It is one of only two official repositories in the world for the now-eradicated smallpox virus. In Soviet times it was involved in biological warfare research.

Comments (7)

Best of luck & gratitude to Russian scientists efforts in this work; stay safe & thanks for being brave.


PS. This goes out as well to all the medics & scientists of the world who are battling against Ebola & that are looking for a solution, a true "Cure"!
jojnjo, Dublin, Ireland
21/08/2014 09:32
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U.S.A the architect of all evil in the world, they are already starting to blame Russia for Ebola virus, watch another false flag from the Yanks.
Hussein, Tripoli
15/08/2014 03:03
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Thank you for being willing to take the risks. You are in our prayers
Bill Titus, Florida/USA
14/08/2014 18:15
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Thank you for working hard at this.
John, USA
09/08/2014 08:50
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Thank you for working hard at this.
John, USA
09/08/2014 08:48
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A very dangerous virus.very dangerous work , Thanks to all who take enormous risks in trying to find a way of beating this Ebola ,a virus that has no mercy on any human ,and is so easily tranferred by so many different methods from one human to another, WE(the world) have already lost our leading scientist by this virus,a brave individual who died helping others,Whether it's scientist working in the heart of Siberia,or elsewhere they all deserve a huge salutation of gratitude.
I don't want to scare the readers but this virus could easily kill milllions ,and its a very painful death ,where parts of your body and organs are slowly eaten away. So we don't need the insulting jest from a previous commentator ,Your thoughtless words could easily come back and bite you right on your dumb arse .
Patrick .
Patrick Travers, Perth Australia
09/08/2014 00:06
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Why, who's flyint to siberia...
paul causton, england
08/08/2014 01:18
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