WHO: Use Ebola sur­vivors’ blood to treat pa­tients

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LONDON (AP) — Des­per­ate to re­store hope amid the Ebola cri­sis, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion said Fri­day it would ac­cel­er­ate the use of ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ments and vac­cines to con­tain the ex­pand­ing epi­demic in West Africa.

After con­ven­ing a two-day meet­ing of more than 200 ex­perts to fig­ure out which ex­per­i­men­tal Ebola treat­ments should be used first, the WHO said sur­vivor’s blood could be used im­me­di­ately, tap­ping into the thou­sands of peo­ple who have sur­vived the virus which has about a 50 per­cent death rate and no li­censed treat­ments.

“We have to change the sense that there is no hope,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, a WHO as­sis­tant di­rec­tor-gen­eral.

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