Ebolapdate: Ebola drug testing cures all 18 lab monkeys

Huge news for Planet Earth going into the weekend.

All 18 lab monkeys infected with the deadly Ebola virus have been cured by an experimental drug, ZMapp, made by  Californian company, Mapp Biopharmaceutical. Monkeys hours away from death, suffering the final agonizing symptoms of the disease, like fever and hemorrhaging, were cured. Put it this way, even monkeys that didn’t receive the treatment until five days after being injected with ebola were cured.

Take a second to understand the miraculous nature of the facts in the above paragraph. Five days after infection in primates translates to about 11 days for humans. There have been no scientific human testing for ZMapp yet, but it should be noted that the two American aid workers who contracted ebola, and were cured, received the ZMapp drug. Their physician said he didn’t know if there was a correlation between the drug and their being cured, but let’s all hope there was.

The virus is spreading rapidly with estimates from the World Health Organization saying the virus “is on pace to infect 20,000 people.”

The team of scientists behind the ZMapp drug are urging testing on humans “as soon as possible” and saying this “offers the best option” for curing Ebola. The virus is extremely deadly, has spread to five countries in the African continent, and has claimed 1,552 people out of 3,069 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization.

Let’s hope for the best as labs all around the world speed up their drug trials to find a human cure.

Source: Aljazeera
Cover Photo Credit: UpstartMagazine

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