HIV drug helps Ebola patients survive

Ebola Virus 

Apparent success against Ebola with HIV drug in Liberia – 
[Via CNN.com]

A doctor in rural Liberia inundated with Ebola patients says he’s had good results with a treatment he tried out of sheer desperation: an HIV drug.

Dr. Gorbee Logan has given the drug, lamivudine, to 15 Ebola patients, and all but two survived. That’s about a 13% mortality rate.

Across West Africa, the virus has killed 70% of its victims.

Outside Logan’s Ebola center in Tubmanburg, four of his recovering patients walk the grounds, always staying inside the fence that separates the Ebola patients from everyone else.

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Instead of a mortality rate of over 70%, the rate was 12%. And the two out of fifteen who died were given the drug 5 days after symptoms while those that survived were given the drug before day 5.

We need a larger study but an anti-viral may be a good choice for now.

Now the drug is not without side effects. BUt when the choice is some possible liver damage versus dying,well…

His work has the attention of the NIH so we shall surely see.