Can Ebola survivors provide the key to saving lives in the future? Scientists are actively working on Ebola virus treatment.
Just recently Africa and Nigeria struggled with Ebola and people feared for their lives, and now they are struggling with the Lassa fever killing many. These two diseases are similar, only Ebola is more deadly. Have they been able to find cure and hope for those infected with it?
The good news is that the Ebola treatment is on the way! NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) scientists have been working with the samples taken from the Ebola survivors’ bodies. They have discovered the antibody for the virus, which kills Ebola. This far it has been tested on non-human primates only.
The antibody was taken from a person who survived after getting infected with Ebola. These antibodies were tested on monkeys and showed pretty good results in clinical conditions. The chances are they would prove to be even more useful for humans.
They can become the foundation for the Ebola treatment that would prevent thousands of death. Only in 2014-2015 Ebola has carried away over 11 thousand lives only in West Africa. It has evoked terror in people’s heart.
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Interesting enough that the antibodies were gotten from a person who survived Ebola back in 1995 during that outbreak of the deadly disease. For now they have not developed a full-fledged Ebola treatment, but they believe it is possible. Their research has made the breakthrough in the area. It is quite possible that the research would move to the stage of human testing. Such information was published by the ScienceDaily in the February 2016. Let us hope we can avoid the new Ebola outbreak in the nearest future, but even if it happens, we would be well armed to overcome the deadly foe!
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