Russian scientist dies of Ebola after lab accident

first_imgMay 25, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A Russian scientist who was doing research on Ebola virus died after accidentally injecting herself with the deadly virus, according to news service reports. See also: The scientist was doing research on guinea pigs infected with the virus at the Vector laboratory at Novosibirsk in Siberia, according to a report from the Itar-Tass News agency, published May 22 on the ProMED-mail Web site. The Vector lab produced biological weapons in the Soviet era. A New York Times report identified the scientist as Antonina Presnyakova and said she was working on an Ebola vaccine. The story said Vector officials did not report the accident to the World Health Organization (WHO) until last week, which meant that potentially helpful advice from WHO experts was not immediately available. The Itar-Tass report said those who were involved in treating the scientist and investigating the case would be kept under observation for 21 days, with daily medical exams and twice-daily temperature monitoring. No specific treatment is available for Ebola infection, and the case-fatality rate ranges from 50% to 90%, depending on the virus subtype. The Times story said a similar accident with Ebola occurred several months ago at the US Army’s biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., but the researcher involved didn’t acquire the disease. The researcher pricked herself with a syringe May 5 and died May 19, according to a Reuters report. “Her hand just slipped and she jabbed herself,” the report said. The Itar-Tass report said she was isolated in a special hospital and treated in consultation with Health Ministry specialists and a physician who has treated Ebola patients in Africa. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebola read more


first_imgAnne-Marie admits she is spoiling her son Paul a little before his operation today – and why not?The young Donegal boy who is battling to walk for the very first time is to have his make-or-break operation tonight.Paul Doherty, 5, will go under the surgeon’s knife at 3pm local time in Missouri, America and 9pm Irish time.The brave Killygordon lad was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair. The operation is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) and involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.But Paul’s mum had heard of a pioneering surgery, Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg.Now Anne-Marie Doherty has asked people to pray for her little boy in the hope that the operation is a success and that he will have a chance to walk one day.The Doherty family, who were supported by the people of Donegal in raising 60,000 euro, yesterday met with Dr Park, the man who will perform Paul’s surgery. Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily “We were at the children’s hospital today and met with Dr. Park and his team. We got on great and the surgery is scheduled for 3pm local time (9pm at home).“They are going to perform a slightly bigger procedure than they anticipated but this will help Paul to walk better later.“Also, Paul might need a second operation in 10 days on his heel cords and hamstrings. It’s not the best situation now but it will be for the best in the future,” she revealed.At the start of her campaign last year, Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily how she would love nothing more than to see her son walk into school.   DONEGAL PRAYS FOR PAUL AS LITTLE FIGHTER HAS HIS OPERATION TO WALK TODAY was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKillygordonoperationpaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more