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Experimental Ebola Treatment Drug Zmapp

zmapp ebola virus treatment

Yesterday, the World Health Organization updated the Ebola Virus Outbreak death toll.  It has now increased to 887 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  Over 1,600 people have now been infected with the Ebola Virus.

Since Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were sent an experimental Ebola serum in Liberia there has been much speculation as to what the Ebola treatment drug was and where it came from.  Some of that information was finally revealed yesterday.  The drug is made in Owensboro, Kentucky in tobacco plants at Kentucky Bioprocessing, which is a subsidiary of Reynolds American Incorporated.  According to spokesman David Howard, “The plant serves like a photocopier and the drug is extracted from the plant.”  The serum was made by drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego and that’s where its name Zmapp comes from.

The drug had never been tested on humans before, but drastic situations call for drastic measures and the decision was made to send the drug to Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol.  The purpose of Zmapp is to boost the immune system’s efforts to ward off Ebola.  Part of the drug is made using antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the Ebola virus.  Dr. Kent Brantly received one dose of Zmapp and Nancy Writebol received two doses of the serum.

It is unknown at this time is the Zmapp treatment worked as well as everyone had hoped.  The Ebola virus is a tricky disease and victims of Ebola tend to take swings in both directions.  One day they are much better and the next day they could be much worse.

There are no cures or vaccines for the Ebola virus.  In the past, Ebola virus survivors have survived on their own without the aid of special serums.  There is a lot of hope that Zmapp could play a big role in treating Ebola Virus patients in the future and testing on humans is expected to take place in the next several months.

Ebola Virus Treatment

ebola virus treatment

Once a person is diagnosed with the Ebola Virus they need to be treated immediately. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot doctors and caregivers can do for an Ebola Virus victim.

ebola virus patients

The most important thing is to try to control the patient’s fever. Fever reducing medications are given to the patients to try to prevent hemorrhaging fever. Saline solutions are also commonly given to the Ebola patients.

When treating an Ebola Virus patient it is extremely important to be cautious and take preventative measures to keep from spreading the virus.

treating an ebola patient

Ebola most commonly spreads through bodily fluids so caregivers typically wear haz mat suits and masks to avoid contact with any bodily fluids from the patients. Quarantines are also necessary to separate the victims from people who have not contracted the virus.

ebola virus quarantine

Update:  Here is some info on Zmapp, the experimental serum recently used in Liberia to treat Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans infected with the Ebola Virus.