View into a special tent in the medevac plane "Robert Koch" for Ebola patients which was unveiled by the German government at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP/Maurizio Gambarini)
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The World Health Organization said Thursday that the global death toll from the Ebola virus had increased to 5,689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, however the number of deaths is likely far higher, given the difficulty in collecting comprehensive figures.Meanwhile, researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.In the first phase of testing, all 20 healthy adults injected with a higher or lower dose of the vaccine developed antibodies needed to fight Ebola, said the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducted the study.A second version of the vaccine, aimed at blocking just Zaire Ebola, also began human testing in October, at the University of Maryland.
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