UTMB experts fight Ebola virus

Tom Ksiazek, former head of the CDC Special Pathogens Unit and current director of the High Containment Labotatory Operations at the Galveston National Laboratory, has just returned from Sierra Leone after six weeks there as the top official for the CDC.

A team of experts from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have been researching Ebola and providing response support for the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Thomas Ksiazek traveled to Sierra Leone to head up outbreak containment offices on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for six weeks.

Thomas Geisbert has spent the past 25 years studying the Ebola virus and developed a treatment regimen that has proven to be effective with animals.

A. Scott Lea is in charge of institutional protocols as the Infectious Disease Clinic Director at UTMB. He has done research into the level of U.S. preparedness for potential threats from the Ebola virus and other diseases in that category.

UTMB hosts the only Biosafety Level Four laboratory on a university campus in the U.S. and also contains the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development. Both facilities allowed faculty at UTMB to research and help combat the Ebola virus.

The Ebola virus has affected countries in West Africa, beginning with Guinea in December and spreading to Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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