People with Ebola may not always show symptoms
25 percent of individuals in a Sierra Leone village were infected with the Ebola virus but had no symptoms, a research team has determined, suggesting broader transmission of the virus than originally thought. Ref. Source 6u.
Reports like this are scary to read when you consider planes and the amount of passengers that are transported from one area of the world to the next with what could be population killing diseases.
Blood test can predict life or death outcome for patients with Ebola virus disease
Scientists have identified a 'molecular barcode' in the blood of patients with Ebola that can predict whether they are likely to survive or die from the viral infection. Scientists have used blood samples taken from infected and recovering patients during the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak to identify gene products that act as strong predictors of patient outcome. Ref. Source 3j.
Experimental Ebola vaccine regimen induced durable immune response
A two-vaccine regimen to protect against Ebola virus disease induced an immune response that persisted for approximately one year in healthy adult volunteers, according to results from a Phase 1 clinical tria. Ref. Source 1f.
Monoclonal antibody cures marburg infection in monkeys
An experimental treatment cured 100 percent of guinea pigs and rhesus monkeys in late stages of infection with lethal levels of Marburg and Ravn viruses, relatives of the Ebola virus, scientists have found. Although the Marburg and Ravn viruses are less familiar than Ebola virus, both can resemble Ebola in symptoms and outcomes in people, and both lack preventive and therapeutic countermeasures. Ref. Source 8i.
Ebola lingers in survivors' eyes. Three years after an Ebola epidemic swept across West Africa, researchers have found a clue to how the virus may live on in the eyes of survivors suffering from uveitis -- one of the more serious and common complications of the disease. Source 4j.
Any way you look at Ebola I think it has run most of its course and it is not going to be a life threatening disease anymore. While it may still live on it did not have near to outcome as what people predicted.
This round of Ebola may have run its course but a future outbreak can be just as life threatening. And if it were to morph and go airborne it could quickly become civilization threatening.