A new study provides strong evidence
that the experimental drug given to two American aid workers stricken with Ebola in Africa really works and could make a difference in the current
outbreak — if more of it could be produced.
In the study, all 18 monkeys exposed to a lethal dose of Ebola virus survived
when given the drug, known as ZMapp, even when the treatment was started five days after infection, when the animals were already sick.
Moreover, the monkeys’ symptoms, such as excessive bleeding, rashes and signs of liver toxicity, eventually
disappeared. By contrast, all three
monkeys in the control group died.
Experts said these were the best monkey results reported to date for any Ebola drug, raising hopes that the drug will work in people.
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