January 20, 2021

Ebola can now be cured


Picture: WHO. Ebola is finally now a largely curable, new clinical trials suggest

By Ncuthukazi Webber

Ebola is now considered a curable disease after a trial period of two out of four drugs during the recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo that proved to significantly reduce the death rate.

“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” said Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director-general of the Institut National pour la Recherche Biomédicale in DRC, which has overseen the trial. “These advances will help save thousands of lives.”

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Scientists and doctors have been conducting a clinical trial of new medication fight the epidemic. On Monday, the World Health Organisation and the National Institutes of Health announced that two of the trialed drugs increased the rates of survival.


The trial that began in November 2018 has now been halted and all Ebola treatment units will continue the use of the monoclonal antibody drugs. 

Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director-general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomedical in the DRC- which has supervised the operations of the trial, stated: “From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable.”

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