Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian specialists have been taking positive steps
toward developing a vaccine for the Ebola virus, Russian Deputy Prime Minister for
social affairs Olga Golodets said Friday.
“We have no registered cases of Ebola. But our doctors are working successfully in
the Ebola epicenter. We have had positive developments in the development of a
vaccine and currently Ebola is not a threat to the Russian population,” Golodets told
journalists on Friday at the International Investment Forum in Sochi adding that the
vaccine is now being systematically tested.
The Ebola virus is currently spreading across West Africa with cases registered in
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to figures, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday,
there have been 5,335 registered cases of the disease in West Africa. The death toll
from the deadly virus stands at 2,622.
Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, body fluids or tissue of
infected animals or people. There is no officially approved medication for the disease,
and experts claim prevention is the only cure.
Source: Ria Novosti
Newscast Media FREETOWN—Humanitarian-aid organization Doctors Without Borders
has warned that the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa is now out of control with
over 60 outbreak hotspots.
The medical charity NGO, known by its French initials MSF, said on Monday that the
scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical
distribution, the number of people infected, and the tally of deaths.
The organization also added that it is stretched to the limit in responding to the
outbreak that is spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“We have reached our limits,” said Bart Janssens, the director of
operations for the organization, adding, “Despite the human resources and
equipment deployed by MSF in the three affected countries, we are no
longer able to send teams to the new outbreak sites.”
New sites in the countries have been added to the disease’s reach, prompting
concerns that the disease is quickly spreading to other areas.
In a statement released on the same day, the World Health Organization said at least
337 people have died from Ebola in 2014. Most of the cases and deaths have been
reported in Guinea, where 267 have succumbed to the virus.
There is currently no known cure for Ebola, whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting
The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can
also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated
Ebola was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak
that killed 280 people.
It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90
percent of those who fall sick.
Source: Press TV