On the ground
We are fighting the epidemic in the field in West Africa
Institut Pasteur has spearheaded the fight against Ebola since day one.
On March 21, 2014, local reports of potential Ebola symptoms came from Guinea. Blood samples were sent to and tested at Institut Pasteur’s laboratories in Dakar, Senegal and in Lyon, France. In the beginning of April the Zaire strain Ebola virus, from which the current epidemic originated, was identified for the first time by Institut Pasteur.
This announced to the world that we were facing an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Ever since that day in March, we have been fighting the epidemic on the ground in West Africa
Our people in the field have already provided crucial support to contain the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Our role as scientists is to analyze and diagnose Ebola samples as quickly and safely as possible.
In Guinea, our researchers are designated to train local technicians to perform Ebola diagnostic in Donka Hospital in Conakry as well as in mobile laboratories located in the jungle. Moreover, Institut Pasteur will be in charge of Ebola diagnostics at the new Red Cross Treatment Center in Macenta near Guéckédou, the place where the first patient was diagnosed by Institut Pasteur’s team.