News You Really Need To See: “Ebola Drug Cures Monkeys Infected with West African Virus Strain”

“Ebola Drug Cures Monkeys Infected with West African Virus Strain”

BBC, April 22, 2015

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-32424145

“An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said.  The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.  All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days.  Scientists cautioned that the drug’s efficacy has not been proven in humans. … Mr Geisbert said the drug, produced by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, could be adapted to target any strain of Ebola and could be manufactured in as little as eight weeks.  It works by blocking particular genes, which stops the virus replicating.”

Quickie analysis:  It sounds too good to be true.  Let’s hope it’s for real.

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