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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The epicenter of Ebola outbreak unveils the mystery game of the virus.

In 2014 the Western African countries like Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia witnessed the worst Ebola virus epidemic of their history which brought the life there at a complete halt. The outbreak left 11,310 dead and approximately 17000 survivors of the disease, of whom many are suffering from post-Ebola syndrome,  requiring first-grade medical attention.

There is saying that goes every problem has a solution and that solution revolves around the problem itself. The only effort that is required is to recognize the hidden clues and keep going ahead. Something similar seems to happen in Sierra Leone, one of the outbreak centers. The scientific team led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison collected the blood samples of the  deceased, disease survivors and healthy individuals who have not come in contact with virus. After thorough analysis and extensive research the team found that the level of two biomarkers- L-threonine (an amino acid) and vitamin-D binding protein are the deciding factors of a patient's survival. A complete understanding of these two factors would open doors for drug development of this deadly virus.

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