New Hope for Ebola Patients: Japanese Flu Drug Shows Promising Results

February 5, 2015 12:09 PM

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A clinical trial conducted on nearly 70 Ebola patients shows that favipiravir, a Japanese drug designed to fight influenza, dropped that death rate to half in people with moderate levels of the virus in their blood stream. The drug was ineffective in patients severely infected with Ebola.

The drug is the first medication to actually improve Ebola patients’ odds of survival. It has already been administrated to European Ebola patients as an emergency solution, but never before had it been tried on African patients.

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