Ebola treatment breakthrough shows 90% survival rate

There are extremely positive signs that Ebola may soon be a "preventable and treatable" disease.

This was announced by scientists after a trial of two drugs showed significantly improved survival rates.

Four drugs were trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus.

The results showed that more than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the most effective drugs.

Deputy Director at National Institute for Communicable Diseases Professor Lucille Blumberg talks to Kieno Kammies about the breakthrough.

It is good news.

Professor Lucille Blumberg, Deputy Director - National Institute for Communicable Diseases

She says previously patients saw treatment centres as 'no-hope' places they went into and never came out. Now the new drugs show that the chances of surviving are 90%, rather than the previous statistic of 90% chance of dying.

They are both antibody type drugs...developed into successful compounds.

Professor Lucille Blumberg, Deputy Director - National Institute for Communicable Diseases

The new drugs are created from patients own antibodies.

It's great news for patients and great news the epidemic can be stopped.

Professor Lucille Blumberg, Deputy Director - National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Listen to the interview below:


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