Are there alternative treatments for Ebola?

There is no FDA-approved, specific treatment (such as an antiviral drug) available for Ebola. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive care and the patient’s immune response. Symptoms and complications of Ebola are treated as they appear. Experimental treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. Several investigational drugs as well as plasma from recovered Ebola patients have been used to treat patients with Ebola during the current outbreak, but no controlled clinical trials have been completed to date.

Ebola is one of the deadliest types of hemorrhagic fevers, which are viral infections that can cause severe bleeding. Unfortunately, there are not yet any approved vaccines or medications for Ebola, though vaccines are in development and some experimental treatments have shown promise. People who are infected with Ebola usually receive supportive care, such as intravenous fluids and oxygen, in hospital facilities with specialized infection control procedures. No alternative remedies have been shown to help. 

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