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Serum for Ebola treatment ready in weeks

By James Akoi

( 23, 2014)-The World Health Organization (WHO) says serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia.

Liberia is one of the countries worst hit by the virus.
According to the WHO Assistant Director-General for Health System and Innovation, Marie Paule Kieny, work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready by January 2015.

The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4, 500 people, with most  of the deaths taking place in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kieny said: “There are partnerships starting to be put in place to have capacity in the three countries to safely extract plasma and make preparation that can be used for the treatment of Ebola patients.”

The WHO Assistant Director-General for Health System and Innovation spoke recently in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The partnership is moving so quickly,” he emphasized.

The WHO hopes that in the coming weeks, there will be facilities set up in Liberia to collect and to treat the blood, and be able to process same for use.


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