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The infection of a 46-year old assistant at the Vektor State Research Virology and Biotechnology Center in Novosibirsk with Ebola fever was an accident
A special commission of the Russian Health Ministry completed the investigation of the woman's death, the center's press service told RIA Novosti on Friday. The commission is to submit its official conclusion to Novosibirsk only in mid-September, however, the draft conclusion says that the commission confirms the version that the woman was infected due to her carelessness. On May 5, 2004 the woman working with guinea-pigs infected with Ebola fever stuck herself with a syringe needle and got the infection. She was taken to the dangerous infection department of a special hospital having the maximum level of biological protection. Doctors failed to save her life. The woman died on May 19. A commission was formed to investigate her death. The Vektor State Research Virology and Biotechnology Center is involved in fundamental research of viruses and their interaction with human organism, elaboration of the immunoprophylactic means, diagnostics and treatment of viral infections and new technologies of medicines' production. The center has one of the world's biggest collections of dangerous viruses, including, Ebola fever, Marburg fever, SARS, HIV-1, HIV-2, smallpox, A, B, C, D, E hepatitis and others. A center's assistant infected with Marburg hemorrhagic fever died in 1988. Another virologist was infected with Marburg fever in 1990 but his life was saved.
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