December 30, 1997 in Nation/World

Researchers Develop Ebola Vaccine

Compiled From Wire Services

A vaccine that is the first to offer protection against the deadly disease caused by the Ebola virus now works in guinea pigs, and may yet save the lives of humans, a Michigan research team said Monday.

The researchers injected the animals with small amounts of viral DNA to protect them from doses of the virus that would normally be lethal. The vaccine caused a vigorous, protective immune response in the animals.

The injections are safe, because the live virus is not present, and offer the first potential way to immunize against Ebola fever, AIDS and some other diseases for which vaccines don’t yet exist.

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