Is there a cure for Ebola?

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Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
While there is no cure for Ebola, with aggressive supportive therapy, doctors are seeing higher rates of survival in Ebola patients. In this video, I will explain what supportive therapy includes.
There is no FDA-approved medicine (such as antiviral drug) available for Ebola. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. Symptoms of Ebola and complications are treated as they appear. The following basic interventions, when used early, can significantly improve the chances of survival:
  • Providing intravenous fluids (IV) and balancing electrolytes (body salts).
  • Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure.
  • Treating other infections if they occur.

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Unfortunately, there isn't a cure for Ebola. Currently, care is aimed at providing support for people with the virus. Experimental treatments have shown promise in helping people survive the illness, but limited quantities are available. One treatment involves transfusions of blood plasma from people who have survived the infection, but it isn't known if this treatment is effective on its own. 

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Ebola

Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.
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