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    Re: Secret serum likely saved Ebola patients

    From reading the OP, not exactly a SECRET serum. Just one that has not yet been thoroughly tested. Wouldn't this be a matter of applause, that perhaps we've discovered a cure/vaccine/antidote for a very deadly virus?

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    Re: Secret serum likely saved Ebola patients

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    From reading the OP, not exactly a SECRET serum. Just one that has not yet been thoroughly tested. Wouldn't this be a matter of applause, that perhaps we've discovered a cure/vaccine/antidote for a very deadly virus?
    Sounds like it's basically antibodies from mice, refined/separated into some form.

    That's not a drug, no matter what CNN called it.
    The medicine is a three-mouse monoclonal antibody, meaning that mice were exposed to fragments of the Ebola virus and then the antibodies generated within the mice's blood were harvested to create the medicine. It works by preventing the virus from entering and infecting new cells.
    This article appears to have more detail on the serum ZMapp Serum Used To Treat Ebola-Infected Americans - Business Insider

    Edit: Additionally, that article appears to confirm my understanding of the virus - it requires close contact with an infected person to be transmitted.
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