Ebola breakthrough in monkeys could lead to cure

World News Australia, SBS Radio, September 1, 2014

International scientists have successfully treated the Ebola virus in monkeys, raising hopes that the same results could be replicated in humans.

All of the 18 monkeys from the study made a full recovery after being treated with a drug called ZMapp, which uses various antibodies to stop the virus from spreading throughout the body.

The breakthrough comes after the World Health Organisation estimated the virus could infect more than 20-thousand people.

Australian National University associate professor of medicine, Sanjaya Senanayake, explains the details of the study to Brianna Piazza.

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Brianna Piazza

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