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South Korea grapples with MERS as 1,364 in quarantine

(CNN) The World Health Organization warned that the MERS outbreak in South Korea is likely to grow, as 1,364 people remained under quarantine Wednesday and confirmed cases grew to 30 people. So far, two people have died after contracting the respiratory virus in South Korea in the largest MERS outbreak outside Saudi Arabia…

CDC Grant for Sustained, Improved Infection Control in Liberia

The Centers for Disease Control is awarding a grant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL) to support sustained strengthening of infection prevention and control, laboratory and blood services in Liberian hospitals and clinics as they reopen following the Ebola crisis.

Full Circle: Chlorine Now Chemical Weapon of Choice in Syria

Exactly one century ago Wednesday, German troops opened the taps on a line of chlorine tanks to send a poisonous cloud drifting across no man’s land and into World War I Allied trenches. The gas blinded soldiers and made them retch, vomit and choke, combining with bodily fluids to destroy their lungs.

VesiculoVax-Vectored Ebola Vaccine Shown Effective and Safe

Results of a study published in today’s issue of the journal Nature demonstrate that a single dose of vaccine administered using Perfectus BioSciences’ VesiculoVax vector platform protects non-human primates against the “Makona” strain of Ebola virus, the strain responsible for the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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