Now A Cure for the Ebola Virus

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Researchers Have Finally Found an Effective Treatment for Ebola

by Lila Thulin Smithsonian.com

As the second-largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus reached its one-year mark in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a group of public health organizations announced that researchers have finally found an effective treatment for the devastating sickness.

On August 9, a committee overseeing a clinical trial of four experimental therapeutics for Ebola determined that two relatively new antibody-based treatments were so effective that they would become the new standard of care. When these two treatments were administered within a day of infection, survival rates were around 90 percent. As the first Ebola trial to confirm a medical success, it’s a hopeful development. The Ebola virus, which hijacks the immune system and causes massive hemorrhaging, currently proves fatal for nearly 70 percent of patients.

“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” Jean-Jacques Muyembe, a longtime Ebola researcher who now directs the D.R.C.’s National Institute of Biomedical Research, said in a conference call with reporters.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

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  1. I have suspected for a long while that Ebola had been weaponized to be used to control African populations and it has been somewhat successful in killing millions over many decades but now this cure will stop a lot of the strains. But I heard that there is a new strain now. I wonder if it is resistant to this cure and if so was it modified in a lab to make sure it was resistant. Very suspicious the timing of all this. I actually made the comment to my co workers the other week when they told me about the new strain of Ebola. I made the comment that ‘oh they must have found a cure for the current strain so they needed to make another strain that resists the cure’. Wow!

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