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Doctor treats Ebola with HIV drug in Liberia -- seemingly successfully
(CNN) -- A doctor in rural Liberia inundated with Ebola patients says he's had good results with a treatment he tried out of sheer desperation: an HIV drug.
Dr. Gorbee Logan has given the drug, lamivudine, to 15 Ebola patients, and all but two survived. That's about a 13% mortality rate.
Across West Africa, the virus has killed 70% of its victims.
Outside Logan's Ebola center in Tubmanburg, four of his recovering patients walk the grounds, always staying inside the fence that separates the Ebola patients from everyone else.
"My stomach was hurting; I was feeling weak; I was vomiting," Elizabeth Kundu, 23, says of her bout with the virus. "They gave me medicine, and I'm feeling fine. We take it, and we can eat -- we're feeling fine in our bodies."
Kundu and the other 12 patients who took the lamivudine and survived, received the drug in the first five days or so of their illness. The two patients who died received it between days five and eight.
"I'm sure that when [patients] present early, this medicine can help," Logan said. "I've proven it right in my center."
originally posted by: JoeDaShom
Lets hope that someone out there is immune to it. Kinda like Ellie from The Last of Us.
The UN health agency said that 4,555 people had died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered in seven countries, as of October 14.
A toll dated just two days earlier had put the death toll at 4,493 out of 8,997 cases.
The WHO splits the seven affected countries into two groups.
The first is comprised of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- by far the worst affected nations.
Liberia is the worst-hit of all, with 4,262 cases and 2,484 deaths, as of October 13.
Sierra Leone meanwhile counted 3,410 cases as of October 14, 1,200 of whom had died.
Guinea, where the epidemic originated in December, had seen 1,519 cases and 862 deaths as of October 14.
The second group counts countries with far fewer cases, including Senegal, which was declared Ebola-free by the WHO Friday.