The Official Ebola Thread

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Doctor X » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:14 am

They are not a microscopic parasite.

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by sparks » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:28 am

I'm rather slow tonight.

Which part (or perhaps both) do you object to? 'Microscopic' or 'parasite'?

Little buggers can't be seen without an electron microscope which makes them microscopic and they do feed and reproduce by co-opting the hosts resources and, I believe that makes them parasitic.
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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Doctor X » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:54 am

If they are parasites then sharks are parasites.

Parasites do not co-opt a host's intracellular resources.

If you broaden the definition to cover viruses, then HONK!

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:29 am

Ebola Is Now Curable. Here’s How the New Treatments Work

Amid unrelenting chaos and violence, scientists and doctors in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been running a clinical trial of new drugs to try to combat a year-long Ebola outbreak. On Monday, the trial’s cosponsors at the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health announced that two of the experimental treatments appear to dramatically boost survival rates.

While an experimental vaccine previously had been shown to shield people from catching Ebola, the news marks a first for people who already have been infected. “From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,” said Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of the Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale in the DRC, which has overseen the trial’s operations on the ground.

Starting last November, patients in four treatment centers in the country’s east, where the outbreak is at its worst, were randomly assigned to receive one of four investigational therapies—either an antiviral drug called remdesivir or one of three drugs that use monoclonal antibodies. Scientists concocted these big, Y-shaped proteins to recognize the specific shapes of invading bacteria and viruses and then recruit immune cells to attack those pathogens. One of these, a drug called ZMapp, is currently considered the standard of care during Ebola outbreaks. It had been tested and used during the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, and the goal was to see if those other drugs could outperform it. But preliminary data from the first 681 patients (out of a planned 725) showed such strong results that the trial has now been stopped.

Patients receiving Zmapp in the four trial centers experienced an overall mortality rate of 49 percent, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Mortality rates are in excess of 75 percent for infected individuals who don’t seek any form of treatment.) The monoclonal antibody cocktail produced by a company called Regeneron Pharmaceuticals had the biggest impact on lowering death rates, down to 29 percent, while NIAID’s monoclonal antibody, called mAb114, had a mortality rate of 34 percent. The results were most striking for patients who received treatments soon after becoming sick, when their viral loads were still low—death rates dropped to 11 percent with mAb114 and just 6 percent with Regeneron’s drug, compared with 24 percent with ZMapp and 33 percent with Remdesivir.
https://www.wired.com/story/ebola-is-no ... ents-work/

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Re: The Official Ebola Thread

Post by Witness » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:33 am

Congo's Ebola outbreak marks grim milestone as death toll surpasses 2,000

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in several provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has claimed more than 2,000 lives, the country's government said Friday, a grim milestone that underscores just how far health authorities are from stopping the year-old epidemic.

The Congolese government said it had identified 3,004 confirmed and probable cases of the virus, and 2,006 people had died. The actual numbers are likely far higher, as families hide their sick to escape stigma.

The outbreak is the largest in Congo's history, and the second largest in modern times, after an outbreak in three West African nations earlier this decade that killed more than 11,300 people. The number of cases in the current outbreak are three times as high as the total number of Ebola cases ever identified in nine previous outbreaks in Congo, dating back to 1976.

And despite a vaccine that has reached more than 207,000 people and two promising treatments for those who have contracted the virus, the mortality rate in the current outbreak — more than 67 percent — is far higher than the outbreak in West Africa.

"We have now lost more than 2,000 women, men, and children to the Ebola epidemic, and we are still in the race of our lives to stop the spread of the disease," said Whitney Elmer, who oversees the Ebola response team for the nongovernmental organization Mercy Corps.
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/4 ... asses-2000