Ebola Now Curable Disease, According To Scientists
Scientific results in the Congo are showing that Ebola survival rates following treatment with antibodies are “good.” Scientists are now declaring that the prior fatal disease is now curable through medicine.
Two of the four drugs trialed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo significantly reduced fatalities. The popular Ebola drug, ZMapp, is now being shelved after two monoclonal antibodies that block Ebola virus showed more promise. The monoclonal antibody drug death rate is now 34%, but that only counts the overall totals. Those who seek treatment with more urgency showed death rates of 24%. The average time for Ebola-infected people to visit a doctor remains at four days.
The trials have now been stopped following the discoveries.
“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” said Prof Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director-general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in DRC, which has overseen the trial. “These advances will help save thousands of lives.”
The DRC outbreaks Achilles heel, according to scientists, is residents refusing to trust the treatments.
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“Now that 90% of their patients can go into the treatment centre and come out completely cured, they will start believing it and building trust in the population and community,” he said.
Clinical trial conditions consistently create problems for the scientific communities, mostly due to how easily the illness is transmitted. Doctors and scientists must wear head to toe protective gear.
“This trial – the first-ever multi-drug randomised trial for Ebola – has happened despite such highly complex and challenging circumstance,” said Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of Wellcome and the co-chair of the WHO Ebola therapeutics group. “A long-running outbreak like this takes a terrible toll on the communities affected and it is a sign of just how difficult this epidemic has been to control that there have already been enough patients treated to tell us more about the efficacy of these four drugs.”
Ebola has long been considered a global pandemic threat. But news of a cure has many wondering if the threat is now being ushered out.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.