Deadly Virus Vaccination

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Claudia Schimek
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Mrs. Toews
October 2015
Deadly Virus Vaccination
“I am terrified that Ebola will evaporate from our memories... The availability of a good and safe vaccine would make an immense difference. We are going to see future outbreaks of Ebola,” said Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director general for health security at the World Health Organisation (WHO) (“Ebola Outbreaks Slow”). This virus has been haunting the earth since prehistoric times, and has just recently become active again. Ebola’s background history, how it interacts with the human body and how scientists are trying to come up with a vaccine are probably some of the most recent questions running through scientists’ and researchers’ heads.
Ebola has three different
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In the book The Hot Zone, a character contracts the disease and ends up dying in the hospital after bleeding, and passing out. The doctor who helped this character later contracted the disease and was doing well with treatment, when he took a wrong turn and crashed so suddenly the doctors couldn’t do anything about it. Later the nurse who had breeched protocol became infested by this disease and survived... Barely, by the time the disease was done with the nurse’s body, it had damaged so much so fast that his brain couldn’t remember how to do anything. He couldn't walk, or talk, and he didn’t have a personality. The book states it was like a living zombie was staying in the hospital (Richard Preston). Clearly with the dreadful effects of this virus, a vaccine would be useful to decrease the number of outbreaks. In order to find a reliable vaccine to help these outbreaks, scientists have to go through several series of tests and surveys to find a substantial answer. They have to look back at research that has already been done and try to determine where the holes are and how to fill them for a formula to the vaccine. As time changes so does virus, so when looking back and comparing with past data, scientists found that ebola isn’t evolving as fast as it was in the past. For scientists this is a huge advantage in the making of this vaccine. Right now there isn’t a known vaccine made already that could help prevent or cure ebola. That means that scientists must start from scratch and come up with a new one. So far they have found that a vaccine provided was successful when it was exposed to hydrogen peroxide, however there is currently no humans being tested for what helps with this disease, but scientists are using macaque monkeys which are closely related to us. “Findings in nonhuman primates are always significant,”

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