Ebola Is No Longer An Incurable Disease

Written by on August 14, 2019

Ebola is no longer an incurable disease after successful trials of two new drug candidates which significantly improved the chances of survival for infected patients.

The drugs have been rapidly advanced through clinical trials. This has been aided in part because of the ability to test them on patients in the middle of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo which was declared an international public health crisis last month. The outbreak has since spread across to a border town in Uganda.

Prof. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of DR Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research noted the findings of the study “will help save thousands of lives”. The institute led by Muyembe oversaw the clinical trial which he described as instrumental in redefining of Ebola. “From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” he says.

Pharmaceutical companies say they can make enough doses to treat all patients infected with Ebola while public health experts say the existence of a new drug will help temper public fears of the disease which has negatively impacted efforts to manage outbreaks.

SOURCE: Quartz

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