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Schenectady-born scientist takes pride in Ebola vaccine success

December 23, 2016

News released Thursday in a British medical journal about the success of a vaccine to protect people against the deadly Ebola virus had a distinctive impact on one Schenectady native.

"I am very proud of it," said Kathleen Daddario DiCaprio, who worked as a rookie researcher on the team that initially developed the vaccine at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

DiCaprio, 36, was not involved in the latest tests that showed the vaccine rVSV-EBOV provided 100 percent protection against the Ebola virus, the brutal pathogen that caused more than 11,000 deaths in an outbreak in West Africa that ended this spring. Ebola can cause hemorrhagic bleeding from multiple organs and orifices.

And she is the first to point out that she did not direct the research she had the good fortune to take part in. But she was certainly in the thick of it, when USAMRIID scientists proved the vaccine worked in monkeys.

Source: Times Union