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Ebola emergency turns spotlight on promising experimental drugs

By Reuters in Chicago and New York ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-08 08:18:55

With hundreds of people in Africa suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, health experts are scrambling to determine which drugs might offer the best experimental treatment, and researchers are being pressured by government officials to speed up their work.

Three treatments have shown especially promising results in monkeys, the researchers said. One, produced by tiny California biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical, gained international prominence this week when it was given to two US aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa and who have since shown signs of improvement.

Other treatments are from Vancouver-based Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and privately held Profectus Biosciences, of Tarrytown, New York.

Ebola emergency turns spotlight on promising experimental drugs

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