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Has US Found Cure For Ebola?

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The family of Nancy Writebol, one of the missionary medical practitioners that contracted the Ebola virus while on a joint Samaritan’s Purse-SIM team, was already planning her funeral as she lay stricken with Ebola in Liberia amid the disease’s deadliest recorded outbreak.

She and her colleague, Dr. Kent Brantly, who have both been flown to the United States are defying odds to stay alive…and seem to be getting better.

Writebol’s two sons expect to communicate with her soon, Johnson said. The family was considering funeral arrangements for her just last week, days after she became sick, David Writebol said through Johnson.

“Yet we kept our faith, (and) now we have real reason to be hopeful,” David Writebol said in a statement read by Johnson.

Her improved condition may not be unconnected with an experimental, U.S.-manufactured drug, ZMapp, which she and her colleague were given in Liberia, although it has never been subjected to clinical trials.

The medicine is thought to work by preventing the virus from entering and infecting new cells, reports CNN. It’s a three-mouse monoclonal antibody — meaning mice were exposed to fragments of the Ebola virus, and the antibodies generated within the mice’s blood were harvested to create the medicine.

Have we found a cure?
Internist and gastroenterologist, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez however said while Brantly and Writebol’s conditions actually improved after taking the drug, the serum shouldn’t be seen as a miracle cure.

“Let’s be cautious. We don’t even know really if this serum is working,” said Rodriguez.

“I’m glad now that these patients were brought to a hospital where so many tests can be done, where they can see the response of their body to this serum. We don’t know if these patients are naturally getting better, or whether the serum is really doing something.”

Writebol and Kent are being treated at the Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, in special isolation units.

1,603 cases of infection has been reported across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with 887 of them dead as of Friday, according to the World Health Organization said.

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  1. Sheila

    August 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    They invented d virus why won’t they have d cure.

  2. RAYOFTRUTH

    August 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    @Sheila, some of you have no sense at all.You are not informed.How dis they invent the virus?

  3. Viva De Angelo

    August 7, 2014 at 12:30 am

    You are not informed @Rayoftruth,Sheila is absolutely right,most of this mishap is purely for commercial reasons. How do you think US make their money? Now read this up:
    CURE FOR EBOLA

    Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol are American missionaries in Liberia. They contracted the virus. Kent Brantley, began experiencing the symptoms on July 22. He called his wife to say goodbye that he was dying. 2days later, Nancy began experiencing the ebola symptoms too. They isolated themselves but were evacuated to America a few days ago and they received an injection known as Zmapp. Within an hour of receiving the injection the infection left and they began walking about. According to the scientists the drug worked on monkeys but hasn’t been tested on humans. It is an experimental drug.

    So this cure has been available since and hundreds of people are dying in Africa. I believe they were hoarding the cure for their sick, twisted reasoning. Now that it has been confirmed to work on humans why don’t you send it to Africa to cure those in pains? They said no, that they need to still work on the drugs to improve it. If you ask me these people are making a lot of money from the outbreak of diseases in Africa. They are making lots of money when the government pays their health workers to come to the aid of their countries, they make enough money when companies pump in money to their accounts urging them to find a cure. I wouldn’t be surprised if this Ebola was manufactured in a lab and taken to West Africa and infected some monkeys. Why are west African monkeys the only ones with the virus? All these gives one questions to ask. Send the cure and they said they need to perfect it, they need more serums cuz they only produced a few. You can imagine, when you have produced a successful cure producing more of it shouldn’t be a problem.

    They said a vaccine would be more effective cuz even after being cured the cured might get infected again. I believe that, a vaccine is like a preventive drug that makes you immune to the virus. Alright make the vaccine, they said no company is ready to sponsor the vaccine that what they sponsor is the cure yet the cure is still being hoarded. Thank God an American was infected we wouldn’t have known of a cure, they couldn’t let two of their own die but hundreds of ours are dying.

    DON’T EVER TELL ME RACISM IS OVER!!!

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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