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Saturday 20 September 2014

Experimental drug for Ebola patient

Published 11/08/2014 | 12:29

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Guéckédou is a city of 350,000 people in the heart of the Guinea Forest Region, near the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone. This was the first trading post in West Africa. Photo: Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos.
The trip from Conakry to Guékédou normally takes two days by car. During the Ebola emergency, flights are organized once or twice per week. In less than two hours, the teams land in Kissidougou, a wooded part of Guinea. From there, it takes only two hours to reach Guékédou by road.
The trip from Conakry to Guékédou normally takes two days by car. During the Ebola emergency, flights are organized once or twice per week. In less than two hours, the teams land in Kissidougou, a wooded part of Guinea. From there, it takes only two hours to reach Guékédou by road.
Two days after testing positive for Ebola, Finda Marie Kamano, age 33, dies. The burial takes place near her house. Traditional funerals are one of the causes of the propagation of the Ebola virus. Finda had previously prepared the body of a victim, and that was most likely how she contracted the disease. One of her sisters, in the centre of the picture, is pregnant.  Family and community members grieve.
Two days after testing positive for Ebola, Finda Marie Kamano, age 33, dies. The burial takes place near her house. Traditional funerals are one of the causes of the propagation of the Ebola virus. Finda had previously prepared the body of a victim, and that was most likely how she contracted the disease. One of her sisters, in the centre of the picture, is pregnant. Family and community members grieve.

Spain has imported a US-made experimental drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola

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The Health Ministry said in a statement that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical of San Diego, was obtained in Geneva, Switzerland, this weekend and taken to Madrid to treat Miguel Pajares.

Two Americans diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia recently have been treated with the drug and are said to be improving.

There is no known cure for Ebola and more than 1,000 people have died in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Mr Pajares, 75, was evacuated from Liberia and placed in isolation in Madrid's Carlos III hospital last Thursday.

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