Sunday, November 16, 2014

UK Health Radio Medical News Update on the Hour - Ebola Update

UK Health Radio Medical News Update on the Hour
Ebola Update
The BBC has reported that clinical trials to try to find an effective treatment for Ebola patients are to start in West Africa next month.
The medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres, which has been helping lead the fight against the virus, says three of its treatment centres will host three separate research projects.  And a faint light appears at the end of the tunnel as Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lifted the state of emergency imposed in the country.
Although she did warn, "this is not because the fight against Ebola is over".
However the lifting of the sate of emergency marks the progress being made in the country, where the weekly number of new infections is falling. Curfews will now be reduced, weekly markets will resume and preparations are being made for the re-opening of schools.
One of the trials involves using the blood of recovered Ebola patients to treat sick people.
The Ebola outbreak is thought to have infected more than 14,000 people, almost all of them in West Africa. The death toll has risen to 5,160.
The first trials are due to start next month with the initial results being available in February 2015.
Two experimental vaccines, produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Public Health Agency of Canada, have already been fast-tracked into safety trials.
MSF said these trials were "an exceptional measure in exceptional circumstances" as they try to bring the outbreak under control. 
It seems that the threat of this disease is receding now a little with less talk of a worldwide pandemic.  We will keep you informed of any new developments over the coming months.

Amanda Thomas
UK Health Radio – Medical News Update on the Hour
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