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Successful Marburg Virus Treatment Offers Hope for Ebola Patients



A new treatment which records a 100% success in treating monkeys infected with Marburg, a sister to the Ebola virus has lit up a new ray of hope for Ebola patients in West Africa, according to NationalGeographic.


Though the technique has not yet been tested in people, the development has researchers noting that what's helpful for Marburg could well be helpful for Ebola, which is now seeing its worst-ever outbreak, claiming more than 1,350 lives in West Africa.

"This technology may have potential for combatting Ebola," says Thomas Geisbert of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, senior author of the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The study marks the first time that a group of primates could be protected from the Marburg disease at a late stage of infection, including after symptoms were already present.

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