Dr Jean-Jacque Muyembe has announced a new proven Ebola cure with his team that has already cured 90% of Ebola patients whose symptoms were reported early. “From now on, we will no longer say that EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) is not curable,” Jean-Jacque Muyembe told reporters. He is the general director of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) federal medical research institute. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘’The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated’.
A trial comparing four different treatments in four towns began in November. Two treatments known as REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were so effective that researchers announced they have stopped the trial. The two new Ebola treatments are proving so effective they are being offered to all patients in the DRC, where the current outbreak is the second deadliest ever.
Different groups worldwide such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) will undertake studies and further research into the two effective treatments which patients in the DRC have received. This will be to assess which is most successful.
Jeremy Farrar who is the co-chair of the WHO Ebola Therapeutics Group and director of the Wellcome Trust (a medical research charity), said the trial’s findings would undoubtedly save lives. Farrar stated that “the closer we can get to turning Ebola from a terrifying disease to one that is preventable and treatable” is essential. “We won’t ever get rid of Ebola but we should be able to stop these outbreaks from turning into major national and regional epidemics.”