Ebola Concerns Escalate, Drug Development Continues
Posted at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 1
A nurse hangs an Ebola information sign on the wall of a public health center on July 31 in Monrovia, Liberia. (AFP stringer/Getty Images)
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has intensified the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which reportedly is worsening. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said in a press briefing on Thursday that the agency is sending dozens more workers to the region, as well as issuing an advisory against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, the White House on Thursday updated an executive order listing eligible conditions subject to quarantine. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also reported that an Ebola victim will arrive at an Atlanta hospital today.
CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young reported in April on National Institutes of Health plans for an Ebola vaccine and researchers said a vaccine could reach the earliest stage of testing on people by 2016. Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Thursday at an Ebola vaccine trial could produce results early next year.