• Question: Do you think we will ever discover a cure for Ebola?

    Asked by 352bera39 to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 11 Nov 2014. This question was also asked by 328bera39, DAN, 322bera39, aileenjcat, nicolia555, sinead18, clodagh :), Rebecca, ashy, becky14123x, CHOOCHOOOOO, obsessed with the big bang theory, ITS_SHAUNAGH, DannYoshi, Roy Heyneman, chuck norris, Liam Bannon.
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      Shikha Sharma answered on 11 Nov 2014:

      hi 352bera 39,
      Recently, Russian scientists have claimed that they almost have a vaccine for Ebola vaccine and will soon be testing in clinical trials. They are saying that they understand the pathogen and its characteristics. So, the good news is most probably in January they will be sending this vaccine to Africa for trials.
      I am keeping my fingers crossed as they have a successful vaccine for a virus from the same family so hopefully this vaccine will work against Ebola virus.
      I am sure we will have some solution to handle the disease soon.

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      Kevin Motherway answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      The media always hype up the number of cases using just the cumulative number of deaths but never focus on the rate of new cases. I was listening to an Interview with Hans Rosling a guy who makes statistics really fun (www.gapminder.org) and he’s in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. A few weeks ago they were having 75 new cases a day and now that’s down to 25 cases a day and in one precinct that has had 358 cases they’ve had zero new cases in the last week. It’s by no means over but its certainly slowing down. In some ways it easier to get the cases down from 75 to 25, but getting from 25 to zero will take time. Preventing the spread all down to good hygiene practices and using the data gathered to plan the attack on the outbreak carefully. Meanwhile researchers are working on drug-based cures