New Ebola Treatments Are Working And Doctors Now Say It's A Curable Disease

This is going to save a lot of lives.

Two experimental Ebola treatments have worked so well that scientists now say the disease is curable.

After another huge outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, scientists began trial testing two new drugs: REGN-EB3 and mAb-114. The New York Times reported that the trials were so successful they will now be given to every patient in the Congo.


"Now we can say that 90 percent can come out of treatment cured," one scientist told The New York Times. With the drugs that were being used before, remdesivir and ZMapp, 33 percent and 24 percent of patients died, respectively. 

Car and sign warn visitors that an area is Ebola-infected in the Congo.  Shutterstock / Sergey Uryadnikov

700 patients have been tested since November on the new trials. Of those, only 6 percent who got REGN-EB3 ied and only 11 percent of those who got mAb-114 died, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The trials were run by the NIAID and the World Health Organization.

Researchers caution that the numbers could fluctuate, but the signs are still extremely positive. Not only has the trial already saved lives, but it's proof Ebola can actually be cured.

"From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable," Profe Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the director-general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in the Congo, told The Guardian. "These advances will help save thousands of lives."


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