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Release Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 11:27 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Rachel Mann
Communications Specialist
202.238.2631    
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Howard University Expert Available to Discuss Ebola Virus
 and Treatment Research
 
Sergei Nekhai
WASHINGTON (August 4, 2014) – Two Americans, one of them a doctor, were recently infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia and are returning to the United States for treatment. Howard University has a virologist available to comment on the Ebola virus and current research for Ebola treatments.

Virologist Sergei Nekhai, professor of medicine at Howard University College of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop novel filovirus inhibitors, including inhibitors against Ebola (EBOV) and Marburg viruses.

The study is part of a $16 million Center of Excellence in Translational Research (CETR) grant led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai that also includes University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Washington, Southern Texas University and Microbiotix Inc. Ebola and Marburg cause the most severe hemorrhagic fever known in humans, with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent. There are no approved vaccines or treatments. 
To schedule, please email rachel.mann@howard.edu.

ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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