Two species of bats, as well as humans engaged in hunting these bats in Nagaland, India’s Mimi village, were found to have been exposed to viruses in the family Filoviridae, which includes Ebola and Marburg viruses.
The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded $35.7 million dollars to develop a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus vector Marburg virus vaccine.
Virus spillover may be occurring between bats and humans in Nagaland, India, according to new research.
The $16.5 million contract from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), with an option for an additional $30 million, calls for a drug for Marburg virus and Ravn virus to be taken into early human clinical testing.
Japan's health ministry and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases are considering importing frozen pathogens of Ebola, Crimean-Congo fever, Marburg, and Lassa fever.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Profectus Biosciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Genevant Sciences Corp. have been awarded up to $35 million to advance the development of rapid-acting vaccines and broad-spectrum treatments of the highly-lethal hemorrhagic fever viruses Ebola and Marburg.
In October 2017, a blood sample from a resident of Kween District, Eastern Uganda, tested positive for Marburg virus. Within 24 hour of confirmation, a rapid outbreak response was initiated.
The US government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded a $10 million contract to a Massachusetts-based biotech firm to work on a vaccine for Marburg virus.
To increase national health security against biothreats and protect public health, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will partner with Public Health Vaccines LLC of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to develop a potential vaccine against Marburg virus. No licensed vaccine for this virus exists today.
The deadly Marburg virus kills nine in 10. Experts know it starts in bats, they know when it spreads to humans it’s lethal, but they don’t know what happens in between.