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Sun coverage: Ebola in the news

Read Baltimore Sun coverage of the 2014 world-wide Ebola outbreak.

Emergent BioSolutions manufacturing Ebola treatment in Baltimore

Gaithersburg biotechnology company Emergent BioSolutions will make a treatment for the Ebola virus at its East Baltimore manufacturing facility, the company said Monday.

Profectus BioSciences Ebola vaccine is effective, animal study shows

A single vaccine Profectus BioSciences is developing to protect against two strains of the Ebola virus and a third similar pathogen is effective in monkeys.

Tests show Hopkins patient does not have Ebola

The Baltimore City Health Department said Monday that a traveler who returned from West Africa recently with a fever does not have Ebola.

Ebola research efforts shift to improving survivors' health

A research partnership between U.S. and Liberian health officials has launched a study to learn more about the long-term health consequences of Ebola, including why it commonly causes vision damage and eye inflammation.

Baltimore's Profectus marks key step in race for Ebola vaccine

Research being published Thursday suggests that an Ebola vaccine being developed by Baltimore company Profectus BioSciences is effective against the strain of the virus that has ravaged West Africa, a milestone the company says is a first in the race to prevent future Ebola outbreaks.

Ebola patient at NIH in Bethesda upgraded to good condition

An American health worker being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Bethesda has been upgraded from fair to good condition, the NIH said Tuesday.

App aids monitoring of West Africa travelers for Ebola

Maryland residents who have been to any of the three West African countries battling an Ebola outbreak now can use their smartphone or computer to report possible symptoms to the state health department, the agency and the application's developer said Wednesday.

American who contracted Ebola improves, in serious condition

Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health.

Hopkins builds unit designed for Ebola patients

Johns Hopkins Hospital has built a unit designed to safely care for patients with Ebola and other dangerous pathogens, joining only a handful of institutions with such facilities in the country.

Aberdeen-based Army unit returning from Ebola mission

Twenty-two members of a mobile Army medical laboratory are returning to Aberdeen Proving Ground after four months fighting Ebola in West Africa.

Emergent BioSolutions produces new Ebola vaccine, teaming with NIH, GlaxoSmithKline

At its growing East Baltimore facility, Emergent BioSolutions has produced a booster shot to go with a leading Ebola vaccine candidate, joining in a competitive race to make a safe and effective tool to stop the spread of an outbreak that continues in West Africa and to prevent future outbreaks.

APG unit packing up Ebola mobile labs in Liberia

A U.S. military medical unit from Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland is packing up four mobile Ebola testing laboratories in Liberia after a nearly four-month deployment.

Ebola patient in critical condition at NIH in Bethesda

An American health worker who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is in critical condition at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, officials said Monday.

Health worker with Ebola in serious condition at NIH

A health worker who contracted the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda on Friday, NIH officials said.

State launches 'Stop Ebola' website

The state has launched a new website to help corral donations for areas in West Africa afflicted by the Ebola virus.

Hopkins helps make training videos on Ebola and infectious disease care

Four Web-based training videos developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine and others aim to train doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in the proper way to handle patients who show up at their hospitals with serious infectious diseases.

Ebola mutations could make some drugs ineffective

Mutations to the Ebola virus could make some experimental treatments ineffective, according to researchers at Fort Detrick.

Thousands to receive experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa

Thousands of people are to be injected with two experimental Ebola vaccines in trials in West Africa within a couple of weeks, and a Baltimore biotechnology company is launching a human trial of its own candidate in June, as scientists and public health officials work to end the deadly epidemic.

No signs of Ebola in health worker admitted to NIH

About a week after being admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, a health care worker exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone has not tested positive for the virus, officials said Wednesday.

Ebola vaccine trials set to begin in Rockville

Another Ebola vaccine trial is set to begin in Maryland by the end of the month, as a Rockville company conducts research on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.

APG team's Liberia mission shifts as Ebola cases decrease

When the Army scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground arrived in Liberia six weeks ago, their commander said, it was not uncommon for rural Ebola patients to wait several days for blood test results.

Hopkins ebola suit design wins funding

A team from the John Hopkins University is one of the first to receive funding in a government-sponsored contest to develop improved gear and tools to fight the

Maryland reservists gear up for Ebola mission

Children bustled through the corridors of an Army Reserve facility just south of the city line Saturday as soldiers gathered for the last family day before some of them head out to West Africa for the military's mission fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak.

NIH admits American nurse exposed to Ebola in Sierra Leone

An American nurse recently exposed to Ebola while volunteering at a treatment unit in Sierra Leone has been admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda sometime Thursday.

Obama urges investment in Ebola response, vaccines

After touring a National Institutes of Health lab where scientists are developing a leading Ebola vaccine candidate, President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to approve $6 billion for relief efforts in Africa and research in the U.S.

Harford hospitals drill for potential Ebola situations

If a person came into one of Harford County's two hospitals complaining of Ebola-like symptoms, would hospital staff be prepared to properly deal with the situation, while also calming the fears of other patients or visitors who might be present?

NIH says Ebola vaccine shows early promise

An experimental Ebola vaccine being tested in humans appears to be safe and is capable of stirring a response in the immune system, the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health reported on Wednesday.

Ebola? Bring it on.

The best way to stop Ebola from spreading across the world is to contain it now by bringing all infected patients here (or to other developed nations) where we are better able to provide excellent care and bring the outbreak under control.

Volunteers sign up for Ebola vaccine trial at UM School of Medicine

Two years ago, Khandra Sears got malaria for the good of science. Two weeks ago, the 33-year-old postdoctoral fellow became a test subject in research to stop another scourge – Ebola.

Army Reservists heading to Africa to join Ebola fight

More than 100 Army Reservists from Maryland are heading to West Africa in the spring to join U.S. efforts to tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Marylanders among 'superstars' of federal Ebola fight

As the U.S. government has stepped up its efforts against the deadly spread of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa in recent months, federal and military personnel in and around Maryland have joined the fight

Surgeon with ties to Maryland could be flown to U.S. for Ebola treatment

Dr. Martin Salia, whose family lives in Maryland, contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and could be flown to Nebraska for treatment.

Administration makes case for emergency Ebola funds

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials told Congress on Wednesday that the Obama administration's request for $6.2 billion in emergency funding is critical to fighting the spread of Ebola in West Africa and there were indications the proposal could win broad bipartisan support.

Md. to stop providing updates on Ebola investigations, unless cases confirmed

State health officials are monitoring about 100 people who have traveled from Ebola-stricken countries but won't disclose any more information about their condition unless someone tests positive for the deadly virus under a new policy.

Local aid group offers front-line support in Ebola fight

While Liberia and other West African countries are seven months into the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history, several Carroll County-based organizations are on the front lines of the battle to control the outbreak.

Ebola screening trickles down to doctors' offices, care clinics

The fight against the spread of the Ebola virus is now being fought in doctors' offices and urgent-care clinics in Maryland and across the country. Receptionists and doctors are now often asking patients questions about travel and other risks to pinpoint if there's a chance that the patient has been exposed to the often-deadly virus

Profectus lands $9.5M defense contract for broader Ebola vaccine

Profectus BioSciences announced Friday its third round of government investment this month for an Ebola vaccine, receiving an a $9.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense.

More Marylanders seek flu shots amid Ebola outbreak

Publicity from Ebola may have spurred an uptick in influenza vaccination

Correctional officers collect supplies for Ebola stricken Liberia

People, groups offer aid and supplies to West African countries battling deadly Ebola virus.

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Potential Ebola patient transferred to Baltimore hospital tests negative for virus

Possible ebola patient currently in isolation at University of Maryland Medical Center

Aberdeen Proving Ground-based laboratory unit deploying to Liberia for Ebola testing

A team of scientists from Aberdeen Proving Ground's 1st Area Medical Laboratory is deploying to Liberia for a year to test samples for Ebola.

Laurel Regional has 'process in place' for Ebola patients

Laurel Regional Hospital officials say they are following the state's Ebola protocol and making sure they are prepared to deal with any cases according to state and federal guidelines.

Md. to impose home quarantine, transit limits on some travelers from Ebola-stricken countries

Travelers to Maryland from three West African countries where Ebola continues to spread could be quarantined at home or barred from public transit depending on their risk of exposure to the deadly virus, according to guidelines Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday.

Hopkins picked to create Ebola training tool

Federal health regulators have tapped Johns Hopkins Medicine to lead development of a Web-based tool to train doctors, nurses and other health care workers on the protocols they should follow when treating patients with, or at risk of contracting, Ebola.

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NIH says Ebola nurse now virus free, has been discharged from Bethesda center

The Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda is now virus free and has been discharged, the NIH announced Friday.

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Hopkins, UM designated to care for Ebola patients in Maryland as N.Y. case emerges

Maryland health officials designated three hospitals to receive Ebola patients in Maryland — including Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore — changing course from previous plans almost two weeks after the virus spread to two nurses in Texas and as a new case emerged in New York.

Profectus gets more investment for Ebola vaccine, from U.S. Army

The U.S. Army is giving Profectus BioSciences $8.5 million to put toward human trials of the Ebola virus vaccine, bringing the Baltimore biotechnology company's fundraising total for the project to more than $17 million in a matter of days.

Ebola patient at NIH in Maryland upgraded to 'good' condition

A Dallas nurse being treated at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda after contracting Ebola has been upgraded from fair to good condition, the institute announced Tuesday.

Harford health chief calls Ebola 'frightening,' but no threat to 'general population'

While Ebola is "a frightening virus," there are plenty of other diseases Harford County should worry about instead, County Health Officer Susan Kelly says.

Mikulski to hold hearing on Ebola funding

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday her committee will hold a hearing on Ebola, the latest indication Congress is preparing to consider additional federal funding to confront the virus.

Vigilance for viruses requires money, bipartisan support

As the Ebola virus kills seven out of 10 who contract the disease in West Africa (says the World Health Organization), and as officials in the U.S. work to contain it and develop a vaccine, warnings from Gallo and Sommer bear repeating, especially in a country that considers itself medically and scientifically exceptional.

Ebola vaccine trials to begin in Baltimore next month

As public health officials seek to get an Ebola vaccine to Africa as soon as possible, human trials are being conducted in Baltimore, Silver Spring and Mali by University of Maryland scientists and other researchers.

O'Malley seeks to allay fears after Ebola patient arrives in Maryland

Seeking to allay fears after an Ebola patient was transported to Bethesda, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Friday state public health officials are on guard to contain the virus, though they will likely see more scares and possible cases.

HHS investing $5.8M in Ebola vaccine Baltimore company Profectus is developing

An arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving $5.8 million to Baltimore company Profectus BioSciences for its efforts to develop an Ebola vaccine.

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Ebola fears continue to mount, spill into port business, politics

A local longshoremen's union in Baltimore temporarily stopped work loading domestically-used vehicles onto a ship bound for West Africa out of fear of Ebola on board, as an infected Dallas nurse is transferred to NIH in Bethesda.

Md. caregivers seek more training, protection after Ebola spreads to 2 Texas nurses

As officials investigate how the nurses contracted Ebola despite following safety guidelines, caregivers in Maryland are examining if they have the training and equipment to protect themselves should the virus travel here.

Ebola crazy talk spreads faster than the virus [Commentary]

Susan Reimer on crazy Ebola talk

Harford hospital officials say they are 'prepared' to handle Ebola

Officials from Harford County's hospital system said they are prepared to deal with any possibility of the Ebola virus occurring in the county, but they declined to say specifically what that protocol would look like.

UM center launches human trials of Ebola vaccine in Mali

Forty health care workers in Mali are receiving a vaccine that guards against the Ebola virus as a University of Maryland School of Medicine center launches the first human trials of the experimental vaccine.

New airport screenings announced as Ebola fears spread across U.S.

Federal officials announced Wednesday that they plan to screen international passengers for Ebola at five major U.S. airports, while hospitals around the country continue to isolate patients showing Ebola-like symptoms.

Md. officials emphasize Ebola screening after lapse in Texas

Maryland public health officials are putting caregivers — from Baltimore's major teaching hospitals to strip-mall urgent care centers to ambulances — on heightened alert for signs of Ebola as details emerge about missteps in Dallas where a man with the deadly virus was initially sent home from a hospital.

Ebola patient comes to NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda

An American doctor who contracted Ebola while volunteering to treat patients with the virus in Sierra Leone was admitted to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda on Sunday, the institute said.

Man exposed to Ebola released from Bethesda hospital

A man who was admitted to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda last week after being exposed to Ebola was released Tuesday, after his symptoms were determined not to be related to the virus, the NIH said.

Ebola ruled out in two suspected cases in Washington region

Officials at Washington, D.C. area hospitals ruled out Ebola in two patients who were suspected of having the deadly virus as national and local health authorities sought to reassure the public that they were prepared for an outbreak.

Public health officials maintain eye on MERS, other illnesses amid Ebola alarm

While Maryland health officials urged caregivers this week to be alert for possible Ebola virus cases, they were also quick to emphasize there are other – perhaps more contagious – pathogens for which they are also monitoring.

Hospitals focus on preparedness as risk of Ebola spread increases

As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, hospitals in Baltimore and across the U.S. are readying space and equipment for what some consider an inevitability – the arrival of the deadly virus here.

Physician exposed to Ebola virus to be admitted to NIH

An American physician exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is expected to be admitted to the National Institutes of Health, officials at the Bethesda-based agency said Saturday in a prepared statement.

NIH to launch Ebola vaccine trials in humans

The National Institutes of Health has announced the first clinical trial of a vaccine to protect healthy people from infection by the Ebola virus, which is responsible for an estimated 1,550 deaths throughout West Africa.

Experimental Ebola drugs raising ethics questions

As the Ebola virus was ravaging West Africa, two American health workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were airlifted back to the United States to be treated with an experimental drug. They are now in Atlanta, recovering.

Ebola outbreak could spur action for Md. scientists working on vaccine

Public health officials have but one tactic to battle the unrelenting Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa – quarantine – but as the disease nonetheless continues to spread, scientists in Maryland are among those close to discovering other weapons.