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Ebola Control: Is a New Vaccine Underway?

Sep 24, 2014

Myron M. Levine M.D., D.T.P.H., Professor and Founding Director, UM Center for Vaccine Development.

It’s been 6 months since the World Health Organization learned of an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea.  Officially, at least 5,800 cases of Ebola have been reported to the WHO; about half --2,800 people -- have died.

This week, the WHO said that unless better controls are put into place, as many as 21,000 people could be infected by early November.  One of the control measures that people are undoubtedly looking to for hope is a vaccine. Sheilah talks with the director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development, Dr. Myron Levine, Professor of Medicine. Dr. Levine and his colleagues are working on getting an Ebola vaccine field-tested.