Texas Ebola patient receives experimental drug
Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after arriving in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, has been administered with an experiential drug to help combat the virus, which has already claimed the lives of 3 439 since its outbreak in West Africa four months ago.
The drug, known as Brincidofovir and made by pharmaceutical company, Chimerix, in Durham, North Carolina, is known as a broad-spectrum antiviral and has shown good signs of fighting the virus under laboratory conditions. Testing will soon commence on animals before being deemed suitable for humans.
According to Chimerix, the drug contains a molecule known as nucleotide analogue, which is claimed to be the same as the building blocks of a person’s DNA. Once given to a patient, the replicating cells that makes up the Ebola virus latch on to the analogue molecule, in turn stopping the virus from multiplying further.
The company also states that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them permission to provide Ebola patients with Brincidofovir, and that special requests for the drug had already been received by doctors.
Thus far, the only other drug developed to treat the virus, ZMapp, has showed positive signs with two American missionaries having been declared Ebola free after contracting the virus in Liberia. It still remains unclear as whether they have been fully cured.
ZMapp manufacturer, Leaf Biopharmaceutical, recently revealed that its supply of the drug had been exhausted and that it could take months to develop more units to meet demand.
Duncan is currently being treated at Dallas’ Health Presbyterian Hospital with his condition being reported as critical but stable
Family members have said that his condition worsened over the weekend and that he has been placed on a respirator and kidney dialysis machine.
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South Africa has deployed its first batch of trained healthcare professionals to work in Sierra Leone, in an effort to help contain the spread of Ebola Disease Virus in the country and other parts of West Africa.
China has sent an additional 232 army medical workers into West Africa, in order to help the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that two Ebola vaccines will be tested on healthy human volunteers soon.
An international team of scientists have claimed that the likely cause of the deadly Ebola epidemic could be related to a large colony of bats living in south-eastern Guinea.
International soccer stars have joined with FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and health experts from Africa, to raise awareness as well as to show communities preventative measures, in the fight against the Ebola virus.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially announced Equatorial Guinea as the host of the 2015 Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, after Morocco requested that the competition be postponed due to fears of the Ebola virus entering their country. The tournament is expected to kick-off on the 17th of January before concluding on the 8th of February.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that they will not delay the dates of the 2015 Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON), after a meeting with the Sports Council of Morocco and the Ministry of Youth in Rabat on Monday, amidst fears of the Ebola virus spreading.
South Africa and Ghana have been asked by the African Cup of Nations organisers if they would host the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Morocco reportedly said they would not hold the tournament due to Ebola fears.
R&B superstar Chris Brown has come under fire on social media after suggesting the Ebola virus as a form of population control.
The Ebola epidemic has caused panic around the world in the last two weeks. The fact that the disease has travelled from West Africa into Dallas, Texas as well as into Spain as fast as it has, has created the fear of it travelling into South Africa.
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