How To Stop the Spread of Ebola

Q&A at TEDGlobal 2014How do we stop the spread of Ebola?

Chikwe Ihekweazu speaks at TEDGlobal 2014The cycle of anxiety keeps the outbreak spreading, because people stay home and infect their loved ones.What we can do to stop the Ebola virus:
1) Can we get the scientific overview of what Ebola is and how it makes people sick?
2) At this late stage, can the world get this under control?
3) What can people do to help?
People support governments that are giving resources to fight this epidemic. People can also donate money directly to Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors without Borders. “They know what to do — they’ve done it for years,” he says.


Confidential Experimental Drug Likely Saved Ebola Patients

(CNN) – Three top secret, experimental vials (of ZMapp, an experimental ebola serum/drug) stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment.

The process by which the medication was made available to Brantly and Writebol is highly unusual. It may have fallen under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “compassionate use” regulation, which allows access to investigational drugs outside clinical trials.

Getting approval for compassionate use is often long and laborious, but in the case of Brantly and Writebol, they received the medication within seven to 10 days of their exposure to the Ebola virus.

On July 30, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an arm of the military responsible for any chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive threats, allotted additional funding to MAPP Biopharmaceutical due to “promising results.” –

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