Rocky Mtn Lab Studies Ebola Virus
A study from Hamilton's Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows few mutations on the current strain of Ebola virus.
In a study published in "Science," the National Institutes of Health study showed that the virus appears to have no genetic changes that would increase the virulence or change the transimission possibilities.
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was quoted as saying, "The Ebola virus in the ongoing Wester African outbreak appears to be stable - that is, it does not appear to be mutating more rapidly than viruses in previous Ebola outbreaks, and that is reassuring."
The study, done at RML's Integrated Research Facility. involved samples from patients in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali. The results strengthened continued use of "current diagnostic measures and use of candidate vaccines or potential virus-specific treatments" according to a NIAID news release.
The World Health Organization has noted about 10,000 deaths from the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.