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Trial drug cures Ebola-infected monkeys, but

Daryl Zinnah/Benjamin S. Taingay

( 23, 2015)-An experimental drug has reportedly cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus.

The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona Strain of the virus that caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.

According to the scientists, all three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days while three untreated monkeys died within nine days.

The disclosure was made Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by US-based scientists. They, however, cautioned that the drug’s efficacy has not been proven in human.

University of Texas scientist, Thomas Geisbert, said at present, there is no proven treatment or vaccine for human-related Ebola virus.

Mr. Geisbert is the senior author of the study published in the “Nature” journal.


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