ZMapp Fails To Save Liberian Doctor

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A  doctor has died in Liberia despite taking the experimental anti-Ebola drug, ZMapp, a government official said on Monday.

Abraham Borbor was one of three doctors in Liberia who had been given the drug and were showing signs of recovery.

ZMapp has been credited with helping several patients recover, including two US doctors discharged last week.

More than 1,400 people have died from Ebola this year in four West African countries – Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  Several doctors and health workers are among the dead.

Ebola is spread between humans through direct contact with infected body fluids.

It is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, with up to 90% of cases resulting in death, although in the current outbreak the rate is about 55%.

The speed and extent of the outbreak was “unprecedented”, the World Health Organization (WHO) said last week. To help tackle the spread of the disease, the WHO gave an approval for the use of untested drugs in the treatment of patients.

An estimated 2,615 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March.

On Saturday, Sierra Leone’s parliament passed a new law making it a criminal offence to hide Ebola patients.

If approved by the President, those caught face up to two years in prison.

U.S. To Establish Health Centres For Ebola In Nigeria

Ebola_healthworkersThe American government has promised to collaborate with Nigeria in containing the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, told reporters in Abuja on Monday, after a close door meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, that his government would partner with Nigeria in providing and managing Ebola emergency treatment centres across the country.

The Ambassador was, however, not specific as to whether or not, the American government would supply the experimental drug, which is currently being used in the United state, to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Professor Chukwu said the Nano Silver experimental drug for Ebola, which was provided by a Nigerian scientist was not used on the Nigerian medical doctor that survived the virus.

According to him, the use of the Nano Silver drug had been temporarily suspended for now.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave approval for the use of untested drugs in the treatment of Ebola patient, in an attempt to contain the disease it said was vastly underestimated. It said: “It is a public health emergency of international concern”.

WHO also said that extraordinary measures were needed to contain the disease that had claimed over 1100 lives in West Africa since it broke out this year.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, declared the outbreak of the disease a National Emergency and had approved an intervention fund of 1.9 billion Naira to contain the spread.

Ebola Virus was first detected in a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who flew into Lagos, Nigeria and died on July 25.

Since his death, three more deaths have been recorded, all of which were persons that had primary contact with Late Sawyer before his death.