WHO: Use Survivors’ Blood To Treat Ebola Patients

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During a training session participants listen as they stand over a mannequin on a stretcher during a training course to instruct non-governmental organisation (NGO) workers and doctors on how to deal with the Ebola virus in Brussels on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The course, provided by Doctors Without Borders, trains volunteer and medical personnel on precautions to take when entering a zone that contains the Ebola virus.(AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization recommends that doctors should use blood from survivors to treat patients in an effort to combat the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola.
At a press briefing on Friday, WHO expert Dr. Marie Paule Kieny said survivors’ blood may be used to treat Ebola and that all efforts should be taken to help countries use the strategy.
At a meeting in Geneva this week, the U.N. health agency invited more than 200 experts to discuss which experimental treatments and vaccines for Ebola should be fast-tracked for testing.
The agency also said it had identified two promising vaccine candidates, one of which is being tested in the U.S.
Ebola has so far infected more than 2,100 people and the death rate is nearly 50 percent.

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