A recent study revealed a promising treatment for the Ebola virus when scientists were able to cure monkeys who were infected with the deadly disease.
The treatment targets one specific strain of the virus called Makona, the most common form of the virus in West Africa. There were six monkeys involved in the experiment, all were originally infected with the disease, when three monkeys that received the new treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, showed no symptoms 28 days later. The other three monkeys, who were given no treatment, died.
The new drug has not been tested on humans yet, and there is still no cure for deadly virus that has caused worldwide concern in recent months. Ebola has killed over 10,000 people, with tens of thousands more becoming ill. Flavio Maluf (facebook.com)understands that it is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in more than 30 years. So, scientists are hopeful because this is the first time any drug has shown a complete cure rate when tested on animals. Of course, extensive testing must be conducted before the treatment is available to the medical community.