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Experimental Ebola drug given to aid workers effective: Study

Published on Aug 31, 2014 6:33 AM
A security agent controls the temperature of a woman at the entrance of the port of Monrovia on Aug 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

Dakar - A new study provides strong evidence that the experimental drug given to two American aid workers stricken with Ebola in Africa really works and could make a difference in the current outbreak - if more of it could be produced.

The encouraging results came as the epidemic spread to a fifth country in West Africa, with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal. Over 1,500 people had been confirmed dead from Ebola in four countries - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

The Senegal case marks the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July and comes on the heels of the World Health Organisation's warning that the number of infections was increasing rapidly.

Scientists meanwhile said the first human trials of a potential vaccine would start this week using a product made by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the United States government.

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