What are the treatment options for Ebola?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
Emergency Medicine
While there are some experimental treatments for Ebola, there is currently no known cure for Ebola. In this video, I will explain that supportive care is what can help Ebola patients survive.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Ebola. Doctor will provide people with supportive care, such as fluids to help prevent dehydration, and blood transfusions. Treatment for Ebola is aimed at helping relieve a person's symptoms and improving their chances of survival. Some experimental treatments--such as the medication ZMapp and transfusions of blood plasma from people who have survived the illness--have shown promise, but haven't yet been proven safe and effective. 

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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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