October 6, 2014 |
In a bleach-white laboratory on the fifth floor of an austere building at Thomas Jefferson University, Matthias J. Schnell plays with biological grenades. Schnell is a microbiologist who specializes in filoviruses - the microorganisms that cause hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola. For more than a decade, he has been working on vaccines to prevent the kind of tragedy now ravaging thousands of people in West Africa. "Filovirus research was a very unimportant field," said Schnell, director of the Jefferson Vaccine Center.
September 22, 2014 |
Kasey Riemer thought her friend would find the tale amusing: Chasing a bat around the house in the middle of the night, her cats and dogs woke up the family. Her friend, a nurse, wasn't amused. She informed Riemer that she, her husband, and two daughters needed to get to an emergency room pronto to get rabies treatment. "I didn't think the bat bit anyone, so I thought we'd be fine," said Riemer, 51, who lives in Wayne. After a few calls to doctors and even one to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Riemer took her friend's advice, and the family headed off to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
April 15, 2013 |
Hilary Koprowski, a virologist and former director of the Wistar Institute who developed the first polio vaccine and helped improve the rabies vaccine for humans, has died. Koprowski, who was 96 and had been in declining health in recent months, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Wynnewood, according to his son Christopher Koprowski, chief of radiation oncology at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at the Christiana Care Health System. "Hilary Koprowski left an enduring mark on medical science and the health of humankind, and his many accomplishments serve as a testament to his legacy," said Russel E. Kaufman, president and chief executive officer of the Wistar Institute.
March 17, 2013
Rabies probe reaches 5 states Public health agencies in five states are assessing the rabies risk for hundreds of people who may have had close contact with an infected organ donor and four transplant recipients, one of whom died, officials said Saturday. About 200 medical workers, relatives, and others were assessed for potential exposure in Maryland, where the man who received an infected kidney died, state veterinarian Katherine Feldman said. In Florida, about 90 people were identified as potentially exposed, and three were offered the rabies vaccine as of Friday, state health department spokeswoman Ashley Carr said.
January 6, 2013 |
A Gloucester Township family is being treated for exposure to rabies after taking in a sick stray kitten that died a day later, Camden County health officials said Friday. The unidentified family of two adults and two children found the kitten Tuesday night and tried to nurse it back to health, the officials said in a statement. But the kitten died Wednesday night, and a township animal control officer who picked it up arranged to have it tested for rabies the next morning. Test results came back positive Friday, and officials told the family members they would have to receive rabies prophylaxis shots because of their exposure to the animal.
October 15, 1993 |
If you think kids are vaccinated against a lot of diseases today, just wait till the 21st century. Stanley Plotkin, a pediatrician who specializes in vaccine research, believes that by 2025, the average American will be vaccinated against about 30 diseases, including AIDS and genital herpes. People in developing countries could be protected against another 10. There will be vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza, two childhood respiratory diseases; for hepatitis A, B, C and E; for chickenpox; for Epstein-Barr virus, and for Lyme disease.
August 8, 1993 |
Officials here are considering drafting an ordinance that would require cats to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. "Council has said they would talk about it," Mayor Ann Mullen said last week. Of the state's 567 municipalities, more than 200 already have ordinances regulating cat ownership. "It's true that the courts at one time put cats down as wild, untrained animals," Mullen said. "You rarely see cats controlled, walking on a leash. " The trend to regulate cat ownership started about four years ago when the New Jersey Department of Health started tracking the spread of rabies cases, which by 1989 had reached epidemic numbers.
February 6, 1993 |
Montgomery County health officials warned residents yesterday to have their pets vaccinated against rabies now that four cases of animal rabies - an unusually high number - have been reported in the first weeks of 1993. Animal rabies cases have been reported this year in Douglas, Upper Pottsgrove, Lower Providence and Upper Frederick Townships, said Gary Gurian, director of the county Health Department. No people have been victims in these rabies cases, he said. By this time last year, no rabies cases had been reported; there were 10 cases all year.
July 8, 1992 |
Early last evening, Terry walked into his doctor's office, stuck out his arm and hoped he was making history. Terry, who asked that his real name not be published, participated in the clinical trials of the AIDS vaccine developed by Jonas Salk. The vaccine is designed to treat people already infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It works similarly to the rabies vaccine, which is administered after a person is exposed to rabies. A buoyant 42-year-old, Terry received treatment throughout last year, not knowing whether he was being injected with the genuine, milky-white vaccine or with a placebo.