Chapel Hill, N.C. — Medical teams are working to contain a new Ebola Virus outbreak in central Africa. Opposed to previous Ebola Virus epidemics, they now have more tools at their disposal.
Ebola Virus Vaccines and rapid testing for the virus are being used to contain the epidemic. Occasional Ebola Virus outbreaks in parts of Africa are expected, but most involve relatively small numbers of infections and deaths.
Dr. David Wohl and Dr. Billy Fischer with the UNC Center for Infectious Diseases were among those treating patients in an epidemic that persisted for 3 years.
“I think in 2014, it got the world's notice because it was such a huge outbreak,” Wohl said.
By early summer 2016, the disease was linked to more than 11,000 deaths. A few patients learned they were infected after arriving in the United States by plane.
Wohl led a study that found the virus lingering in the genital fluids of many survivors. Blood tests ca…