So much for that miracle drug – We may have just lost our best hope against Ebola

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When the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history tore through parts of West Africa in 2014, an experimental serum ZMapp was used in the lifesaving treatment of an American doctor infected with the virus in Liberia. After that encouraging first use, many hoped the drug could finally fill the void of available treatment options for the deadly hemorrhagic fever, but the latest findings show it might not be effective enough to fight Ebola after all.

During clinical trials ZMapp appeared to offer some benefits to Ebola patients, but it did not have more of an impact on recovery than standard medical practices already used to treat the hemorrhagic fever, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine from the first controlled trials for the drug.


SOURCE: Vice News

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.