Purdue University researchers design model for Ebola vaccine testing

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By Eric Levy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Oct. 3, 2014) -- Purdue University is doing research to help prevent the spread of Ebola.

Researchers at Purdue University have patented a concept that is being used, right now, in the development of an Ebola vaccine. They have figured out a way to get the vaccine in to the Ebola cells inside an infected person.

"You have an Ebola on the outside and then you have another virus on the inside, and that can be used as a way to deliver a vaccine to cells," said David Sanders, an Associate Professor at Purdue. "There are certain parts of the virus that you need to include and there are other parts that you should exclude if you want the vaccines to work."

To contract Ebola, you have to come in direct contact with an infected person's blood, sweat, tears or other bodily fluids. Professor Sanders now says there is a possibility that it could be spread through the air, although there have not been any reports of that happening yet.

"The very fact that it (Ebola) has the capacity to enter through the airway is something we need to take in to consideration," Sanders said.

In the meantime, Ebola is going to be watched very carefully at Purdue. Officials say there is no need for public panic at this time.

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