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Federal Labs and the Fight Against the Ebola Outbreak

Ebola

Like many of you, we are saddened and concerned by the deadly Ebola outbreak that is sweeping through West Africa. Some of our members are among the groups focusing on the fight, and we hope that their—and all other—scientists and researchers racing to defeat the virus succeed and remain healthy themselves.

The Frederick News-Post reports that the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Integrated Research Facility, both based in Fort Detrick, Md., have researchers working to identify Ebola patients in the affected countries. USAMRIID researchers have stated that they believe the outbreak is farther-reaching than the cases already identified or suspected.

USAMRIID is also working with a biotech company to develop a vaccine. NIAID is also developing vaccines, which NIH is now starting to fast-track through the clinical trial process. CDC research centers such as the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases are also hard at work.

Our hearts go out to those affected by Ebola. We hope that worldwide efforts to stop the outbreak will succeed as quickly as possible.

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