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Experimental Ebola drug is hard to make: Expert

Published on Aug 6, 2014 5:50 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - An experimental drug given to two American patients with Ebola is made from tobacco leaves and is hard to produce on a large scale, a leading US doctor said on Tuesday.

Known as ZMapp, the serum consists of three antibodies manufactured in modified tobacco leaves, which take weeks to grow.

It was reportedly rushed to US missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were stricken with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia.

Both have shown improvements in their health and are now being treated in isolation at an Atlanta, Georgia hospital.

A pharmacist searches for drugs in a pharmacy in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 26, 2014. An experimental drug given to two American patients with Ebola is made from tobacco leaves and is hard to produce on a large scale, a leading US doctor said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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