Merck's Ebola Vaccine Trial Halted

Reuters has reported that Merck's Ebola vaccine trial has been temporarily halted.

A clinical trial of the Ebola vaccine by Merck and NewLink has been interrupted in all 59 volunteers in Geneva a week early "as a measure of precaution" after 4 patients complained of joint pains in hands and feet, the University of Geneva Hospital said on Thursday.

"They are all fine and being monitored regularly by the medical team leading the study," the hospital said in a statement.

The human safety trials are due to resume on January 5 in up to 15 volunteers after checks to ensure that the joint pain symptoms were "benign and temporary," the hospital said.

Original report by Reuters: