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Experimental Ebola Treatment Drug Zmapp

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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.

Hero Ebola Doctor Kent Brantly’s Condition is Improving

According to the top U.S. health official Dr. Kent Brantly, hero doctor infected with the Ebola Virus, is improving.  Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the UDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) was quoted as saying, “It’s encouraging that he seems to be improving – that’s really important – and we’re hoping he’ll continue to improve”.  Dr. Frieden went on to say that it was just too soon to predict whether or not Dr. Brantly’s condition would worsen or improve and whether or not he would be able to survive the Ebola virus infection.

Dr. Frieden also said the UDC will be sending fifty staff members to West Africa over the next month to give aid and try to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus and contain the outbreak.

Dr. Brantly’s wife and family want to thank everybody for their support and prayers.  They are confident he is getting the best treatment possible.  As with treating anyone infected with the Ebola Virus,  doctors will try to maintain Dr. Brantly’s blood pressure and support his breathing with a respirator if needed, or provide dialysis if he were to experience kidney failure, as some Ebola sufferers do.

Nancy Writebol, the 59 year old missionary who is the other American infected with the Ebola Virus, will be flown in to the Emory University Hospital later this week.  The medical plane transporting the Ebola victims is only equipped for one patient at a time.  We will continue to provide you with updates about Dr. Brantly, Nancy Writebol, and any updates on the Ebola Virus outbreak as information becomes available so check back often for breaking news.

 

 

Dr. Kent Brantly is First Ebola Patient to Arrive in US

There was some speculation as two which American Ebola patient would arrive first in the U.S. for Ebola treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Those speculations were put to rest when news broke yesterday evening that the hero doctor, Kent Brantly, would be arriving first and missionary Nancy Writebol would be transferred later.

Dr. Brantly shocked everyone by being able to walk into the hospital and he is surprisingly in good enough condition to help doctors diagnose and treat his condition. He was even able to take a shower by himself.  According to family members, Kent Brantly asked to speak to his wife alone and then they had a call separated from each other by only a glass window.  Amber Brantly, Kent’s wife, said she was very optimistic about her husband’s recovery.

We will post more information about how Dr. Brantly is doing as well as new information about the transfer of Nancy Writebol when that information becomes available so be sure to check back here for updates.

Hero Dr. Infected With Ebola Performs Selfless Act

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Dr. Kent Brantly treated several Ebola Virus patients in Liberia before he discovered he was infected with the virus himself. Dr. Brantly then quarantined himself to protect others. An experimental serum was flown in to treat the virus but there was only enough serum for one person, so Dr. Brantly let the other infected American, Nancy Writebol have it. The latest news out of Liberia is that Dr. brantly has recently taken a slight turn for the worse but both Americans are considered to be in “stable, but grave condition”.

It has been reported that Dr. Brantly received blood from a 14 year old boy who was an Ebola survivor thanks to the are provided by Dr. Brantly. The boy’s family said Dr. Brantly had saved their son’s life and they wanted to do anything they could to help him in his own fight against the Ebola Virus.

According to reports earlier today, only one American at a time will be transported to the Emory University Hospital for treatment. It is currently unknown if that person will be Dr. Brantly or Nancy Writebol. There have been assumptions that the one selected first will depend on how strong they are and their comparative chance at survival. Check back here soon as we will be providing more Ebola Virus news and updates as the breaking news comes in.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to both Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol and their families as well as all of the other Ebola victims.

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Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014

With the recent Ebola Virus outbreak people need to know as much information as possible about the deadly Ebola Virus that causes hemorrhaging fever.

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The most frequently asked questions are as follows:

1) What is the Ebola Virus?

2) How dangerous is the Ebola Virus?

3) Is there a vaccine for the Ebola Virus?

4) What are the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus?

5) Is the Ebola Virus contagious?

6) What does the Ebola Virus do to the body?

7) What does the Ebola Virus look like?

8) Is there a treatment or a cure for the Ebola virus?

9) Where did the Ebola Virus come from?

10) How does the Ebola Virus spread?

This website will answer all of those questions for you and more.  We will be posting breaking Ebola news, posting pictures of the Ebola virus, and providing you with information about the outbreak and the spread of this deadly virus.  Check back here often for news and updates.