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Experimental Drug Made from Tobacco Plant Found to be Effective Against Ebola Virus

by Kathy Jones on August 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM
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 Experimental Drug Made from Tobacco Plant Found to be Effective Against Ebola Virus

An experimental drug made from tobacco plant has been found to be effective in curing the Ebola virus infection among two US aid workers, who were infected in Liberia, raising hopes that a cure may soon become a reality.

Sources revealed that within an hour of receiving the drug, one of the recipient's condition was "nearly reversed" and doctors have described the turnaround as "miraculous", Metro.co.uk reported.

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Prof Martin Hibberd, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that the drug ZMapp "mimics what happens during a natural infection and so can be seen as a relatively safe way of boosting natural responses".

However, he added that more work with patients still needs to be done.

The killer virus disease has claimed almost 900 lives in Guinea and even Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen a rise in infections.

Source: ANI
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