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USFDA approves 1st treatment for Ebola

15th October, 2020 Health

Context: The The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola.

  • It is developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children.
  • It was tested during an outbreak in Congo that killed nearly 2,300 people before it ended in June.

Inmazeb (IN’-meh-zehb)

  • The drug, named Inmazeb (IN’-meh-zehb), dramatically increased survival in study participants, compared to three other treatments.
  • Regeneron’s treatment is a combination of three antibodies that work by killing the virus.

Ebola virus disease

  • It is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.
  • It is a rare but severe, often fatal illness in humans.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • The FDA approved the first vaccine for Ebola in last December.
  • An Ebola vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV, was approved in the United States in December 2019. It appears to be fully effective ten days after being given.