New vaccine fights both the Ebola virus and rabies
A new single vaccine, which is able to protect against both rabies and the Ebola virus has been developed by scientists in the US.
Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Thomas Jefferson University say the vaccine has a number of advantages over current Ebola vaccines being tested.
There are now hopes the vaccine will act as an effective and financially viable public health tool to protect populations that are at risk of both illnesses.
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This study was purposely carried out to try to find a potential vaccine for the Ebola virus that had a realistic chance of making it to the market.
The director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center, Matthias Schnell, said: “Many Ebola vaccine candidates have been proven effective, but none are close to licensure.”
“One of the challenges is the market; there's rather limited incentive in creating a vaccine for Ebola, but this could change that.”
Schnell added: “Rabies still poses a health threat for people worldwide and is especially devastating in developing nations where a post exposure treatment is often not available.
“You can protect these people from two very lethal diseases in an area where they don't have the best access to medical care.”
Meanwhile, there are hopes the vaccine could be used to tackle the illnesses in animals, particularly in gorillas.
Thousands of gorillas have died worldwide after contracting the Ebola virus, which was the reason for the World Conservation Union raising their status to ‘critically endangered’.
A number of Ebola virus outbreaks are also thought to be linked to the handling of primates, so the researchers are hoping a vaccine would minimise the cross-contamination risk.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”