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bats; Ebola; diseases; health; Gabon; vaccine; Marburg; research
EXPERTS say they are making progress in the battle against the horrifying Ebola virus with a congress in Gabon told that a vaccine could be ready in five years.
Scientists told the first world congress on the Ebola and related Marburg viruses to be held in Africa that the fruit bat was probably the main carrier though it never falls victim to the diseases.
Ebola and Marburg, which both cause agonising haemorrhagic fevers and severe internal bleeding, are estimated to have killed between 600 and 2500 people since they first emerged in the mid-1970s.
Experts at the weeklong conference which ended yesterday said that Ebola could become more widespread unless more resources are put into the fight to eradicate it.
Boston University researcher Thomas Geisbert said vaccines against Ebola and Marburg could be developed within "four, five or six years''.
He said shots that worked on monkeys had been developed.
Much attention has also been put on the role of the fruit...