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March 30, 2009

A nightmare scenario

Ebola hemorrhagic fever can kill up to 90 percent of victims (via Warren Ellis).

It was a nightmare scenario: A scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within hours, members of a tightly bound, yet far-flung community of virologists, biologists and others were tensely gathered in a trans-Atlantic telephone conference trying to map out a way to save her life.

Less than 24 hours later, an experimental vaccine — never before tried on humans — was on its way to Germany from a lab in Canada.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 30, 2009 06:44 AM