Aussie doc could unlock Ebola mystery

It’s one of only a handful of laboratories in the world that can safely handle biosecurity level 4 infectious agents, and it is here that Dr Marsh and his team are carrying out research that could lead to a treatment for the Ebola virus.

The strain currently circulating — the deadliest of the five known strains — is Zaire Ebola, which has already claimed over 1000 lives this year.

But Dr Marsh thinks the key to a treatment could lie in the lesser known Reston Ebola virus endemic to South East Asia. Reston kills most animals in the same way that Zaire Ebola does.

But in humans,