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A New Hope for Success to Fight Ebola

Who would not know about the infamous Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) that has killed approximately 4400 people and 8900 believe to be infected this year 2014. EVD is caused by ebola viruses that could be transferred or acquired through contact with body fluids of an ebola infected human or animal.

The french nurse who volunteered to serve in Liberia in curing people with EVB that had been infected by Ebola is now cured of disease and has leave the hospital. The Favipiravir, also known as T-705 or Avigan, is the drug believe to have cured the nurse from the disease.

Favipiravir used in curing influenza viruses, foot and mouth diseases, west nile virus, yellow fever virus and other flaviviruses is now a candidate anti-viral drug to fight ebola.


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Feisty56 wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:23 PM

This is certainly positive news! Where Ebola is concerned, we'll take all the positive news we can get.

somedsatisfied wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:07 PM

Any potential treatment and cure gives us hope we will one day abolish this terrible virus.

Lemark wrote on October 20, 2014, 2:58 PM

Yes, there are several well known possibilities to get rid of Ebola virus including this drug. Another successful approach is a blood transfusion from cured person. Every doctor in West Africa knows about that. Only US doctors and WHO officials don't know. They are so intentionally ignorant it is painful.

Lemark wrote on October 20, 2014, 2:59 PM

There is another positive news - outbreak in Nigeria is officially over. WHO confirmed it today.

I know it is cynical from me but I believe it was very hard for WHO to do that. After all they are hyping this epidemic as on rise but it is in steep decline really.

Kasman wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:19 PM

Have you read about the British nurse William Pooley? He contracted ebola, was brought home to Britain, recovered from the disease and has now returned to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola! He is thought to have a certain degree of immunity from the disease but how much is not certain. He is a brave man. If I had survived the disease once I'm not sure I would give it a second chance to kill me!
Read this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29680400

Kasman wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:23 PM

I don't believe this epidemic in west Africa is in decline. The Nigerian outbreak is an example of what can be done if the response is quick enough. The Nigerian authorities were certainly quick to react to the first case in their country - and only 8 individuals were infected. A far cry from what is happening in west Africa were the response has been tragically slow.

Lemark wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:31 PM

Check the official Sierra Leone figures at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ministry-of-Health-and-Sanitation-Sierra-Leone/281064805403702 - hope the link is working.

Lemark wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:33 PM

I didn't hear about him. Great and dedicated man.

This is what I am talking about - blood from recovered Ebola patients has 'anti cells' and can be used as a cure - transfusion of this blood can save lives. Local doctors all know that and are using this treatment.

Kasman wrote on October 20, 2014, 3:39 PM

The link is working but I'm not sure I would trust their figures - they have a vested interest in playing down the situation. World Health Organisation assistant director-general Bruce Aylward also said 'there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week within two months if efforts were not stepped up' - source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29615452
In view of this statement let's hope that efforts are stepped up - considerably.

Lemark wrote on October 20, 2014, 6:21 PM

No, WHO has a vested interest to step up the situation. Because they are being lobbied all the time by the Big Pharma.

I know, now it comes down to whom do you believe - local authorities (and me) or international authorities. I am with the locals :)

mdhubilla wrote on October 20, 2014, 8:27 PM

This is sad to hear from a local, if that is the case, politics really is everywhere

mdhubilla wrote on October 20, 2014, 8:32 PM

hope that they would be able to create medicine from the blood from patients cured of ebola.

Lemark wrote on October 21, 2014, 4:01 AM

It is money and profit behind politics that is everywhere. Od only I find it strange that there is an outbreak and Big Pharma immediately produces a cure for it - without testing and proper procedures. It is an emergency after all...

At the same time well know procedures and existing drugs are being ignored or down played. Sas indeed.

Lemark wrote on October 21, 2014, 4:02 AM

They don't need to create the medicine. Transfusion of blood from a cured person with the same blood type is sufficient.

mdhubilla wrote on October 21, 2014, 4:19 AM

I think I get what you mean sir.

mdhubilla wrote on October 21, 2014, 4:23 AM

Yes, hopefully they would be able to create a vaccine on it.

mdhubilla wrote on October 21, 2014, 4:26 AM

Hopefully the outbreak will be over soon. Many have already suffered. Thank you for the information sir.

Lemark wrote on October 21, 2014, 5:46 AM

You are welcome. I will follow the situation and post some new relevant news.