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Tracking the rise and fall of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Study pins numbers on outbreak’s devastation, interventions that worked

March 28, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

After a painstaking process collecting and analyzing information sent from nearly every chiefdom in Sierra Leone ― districts comparable to U.S. counties ― a team of biostatisticians including Fred Hutch’s Dr. Betz Halloran and Dr. Yang Yang of the University of Florida has published a new study that shows how the Ebola virus tore a swath through that country like an invading army.

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Zika virus: 6 key things we don’t yet know

From lack of data to inconclusive blood tests to the unique challenges of pregnancy, experts weigh in on the knowledge gaps in this emerging infection

Feb. 2, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

The sudden appearance of Zika virus in the Americas — and the seemingly new tie to the birth defect where infants’ brains don’t full develop during pregnancy — underscore the huge gaps in our knowledge about the disease.

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Ebola lessons applied to vaccine clinical trials

3 proposals for ‘thinking outside the box’ in public health emergencies

April 2, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

In a perspective published today in the journal Science, researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and other institutions drew on lessons learned in the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa to suggest guidelines for conducting vaccine clinical trials during an infectious disease emergency.

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A warning heeded yields good news on Ebola

Disease modeling shows that treatment centers, safe burials are containing outbreak in Liberia

Jan. 9, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

The establishment of Ebola treatment units in Liberia may have contributed to halving the number of cases and deaths from the virus in that country since September, and the introduction of safe burial practices likely reduced the numbers by another 50 percent, according to a new analysis.

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How climate change, development may be hastening Ebola’s spread

Vaccines and therapeutics are needed, but the ecosystem also plays a key role in stopping the epidemic

Dec. 10, 2014 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

When it comes to Ebola, we’ve been worried about the wrong thing, says a renowned virologist. Media speculation that the virus could mutate to become airborne and be transmitted as easily as the flu caused such public concern that the World Health Organization in the fall felt compelled to issue a statement saying there is no evidence or anticipation that that will happen.

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MIDAS touch: Fred Hutch center to play key role in global disease response

Top award grants $12.5 million over five years to model and track pathogens from polio to Ebola

Sept. 17, 2014 | By JoNel Aleccia / Fred Hutch News Service

Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are on the cutting edge of U.S. analysis and response to infectious disease outbreaks around the globe thanks to a new five-year, $12.5 million award that designates the Seattle campus as a MIDAS Center of Excellence.

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