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Ebola Outbreak Still Not Under Control: Officials
Date:9/3/2014

d" -- of someone who is ill or has died of the disease. Coming into contact with a contaminated item, such as a needle, can also spread the virus, he said.

Obama asked anyone who feels sick to get immediate medical help, saying nearly half of people can recover with swift treatment at a medical center.

Also Tuesday, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said the first human tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine are set to start this week.

The vaccine, which the NIH is developing with drug company GlaxoSmithKline, has "performed extremely well" in primates, but hasn't yet been tested in people, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a statement, ABC News reported.

The phase 1 clinical trial with 20 people, ages 18 to 50, will begin at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., and is meant to determine if the vaccine is safe and whether it triggers an immune response that would protect against Ebola.

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For more on Ebola, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Sept. 3, 2014, news briefing, World Health Organization; Sept. 2, 2014, White House video with President Barack Obama; Sept. 2, 2014, news conference with Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sept. 2, 2014, news release, Doctors Without Borders; Associated Press; USA Today; ABC News


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