a medical response for the next epidemic of Ebola
The China CDC International Conference on Scientific Insight and Response of Ebola Virus Disease co-organized by the Institut Pasteur and Foundation Merieux has been held in Beijing in March 23rd and 24th.
The largest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that was ever reported in the history has been attacking the West Africa since December of 2013. Multiple outbreaks in the affected countries were occurring against a backdrop of compromised health systems, urbanized settings, histories ravaged by civil war, cultural practices and rampant fear of this deadly disease never before seen on this side of Africa. Countries are struggling to control this unprecedented crisis, the complexity of which is seen in the intensive case numbers and deaths from this virus.
In response to the crisis, scientists worldwide have speeded up their research efforts to test new vaccines and therapeutics for prevention and treatment of Ebola infection, and to develop new diagnostic tools for better detection of the virus.
Among other speakers, Pr Bruzzone, Co-Director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, discussed how we could better prepare a medical response for the next epidemic of Ebola.
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The conference was co-sponsored by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of P.R. China and World Health Organization.
For more information about the conference, click here.