Ebola Now Curable After Trials of Drugs in DRCongo, Say Scientists.

By ACHOR CHINEMEREM   3 months ago   181
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Ebola can no longer be called an incurable disease, scientists have said, after two of four drugs being trialled in the major outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were found to have significantly reduced the death rate.

ZMapp, used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, has been dropped along with Remdesivir after two monoclonal antibodies, which block the virus, had substantially more effect, said the World Health Organization and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which were co-sponsors of the trial.

The trial in the DRC, which started in November, has now been stopped. All Ebola treatment units will now use the two monoclonal antibody drugs.

“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.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the US NIAID, said the overall mortality of those given ZMapp in the trial in four centres was 49% while that of Remdesivir was 53%. A monoclonal antibody drug made by Regeneron had the lowest overall death rate, at 29%, while the monoclonal antibody 114 made by Ridgeback Biotherapeutics had a mortality rate of 34%.

But the results in people who arrived at a treatment centre soon after they became sick, rather than staying at home, were even more impressive – with death rates of 24% on ZMapp, 33% with Remdesivir, 11% with 114 and just 6% with Regeneron’s drug.

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ACHOR CHINEMEREM
3 months ago

This is a welcomed development 


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Okpalaeke Samuel
3 months ago

Its really nice to hear


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Ibrahim Abubakar
3 months ago

Nice updated on 


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Ikeorha Dabby
3 months ago

Wow this is an improvement.


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Chriz
3 months ago

This is a welcomed development hi


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Happiness Joy
3 months ago

Thank God,because he gave us what we call doctors who take time and work hard and according to God's wisdom given to them,they find cures to and incurable disease in the body


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EDDY AJAH
3 months ago

Its a great discovery


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Ike James
3 months ago

Good welcome


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Asoluka Emmanuel
3 months ago

At last,thank God


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Umetiti Victory
3 months ago

That is a rekievire news to hear


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Wisdom Nna
3 months ago

This is so great at least people will stop dying like dogs


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Rufus Ezekiel
3 months ago

Good one by the scientists


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Adeola Moses
3 months ago

Thank God for the cure


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Izuchukwu Charles
3 months ago

Good news to hear


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Chukwuma Covenant
3 months ago

God  can cure every disease


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To God be the glory


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Peter Daniel
3 months ago
This is really a good news.
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Thankgod Emmanuel
3 months ago

that is good i love that scientist


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Amen to that


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Ani Victor
3 months ago

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