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EBOLA: Three Liberian doctors showing improvement after receiving ZMapp

By Natali Iverson - Aug 20, 2014
EBOLA: Three Liberian doctors showing improvement after receiving ZMapp

Three Liberian doctors, who received the experimental drug ZMapp for the deadly Ebola virus, are showing signs of improvement.

The doctors are being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp, which were previously given to two American doctors and a Spanish priest. The doctors are said to be recuperating, the Spanish priest has, however, pasted away.

"The medical professionals have informed the Liberian information ministry their progress is 'remarkable,'" the ministry said in a statement

 “They are showing very positive signs of recovery,” they added.

Experts have said that it is unclear whether the experimental drug ZMapp has been effective on the Ebola patients who are showing signs of recuperation. If the drug has been effective, California-based maker of the drug has said, it would take months to develop the next dosage of ZMapp.

Liberia still worried

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf enforced a night-time curfew and has quarantined two neighbourhoods in Monrovia's West Point slum, to reduce the spread of the deadly disease Ebola.

"Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00pm to 6:00am (21:00 to 06:00 GMT)," said Sirleaf in a radio address on Tuesday.

"All entertainment centres are to be closed. All video centres are to be closed at 6:00pm," she added.

The deadly Ebola virus has killed over 1200 people, while Liberia having the most fatalities with 466 deaths from 834 diagnosed patients. 


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