Serum From Blood?

Can blood from survivors be used to make a serum?

This is still unclear. A worker in the UK accidentally infected with what later was recognized as Ebola Sudan was treated with 500ml of plasma from a person convalescent from Ebola Zaire infection. Viremia quickly disappeared, and the patient recovered. It is unclear if the patient would have recovered (or recovered as quickly) without the plasma, so it is possible that the plasma might have only had some small effect. Subsequent work with monkeys (mostly unpublished) suggested that convalescent plasma had little or no benefit, at least in cross-strain application. Indeed, Col. Nancy Jaax at USAMRIID reported recently that the opposite appears to be true: monkeys that survived Ebola Reston were challenged with Ebola Zaire and died faster than monkeys infected with the Zaire strain alone. She stated that this suggests that Ebola serum therapy needs to be Ebola strain-specific.

Back To The Faq

If you have questions about the web site you can contact me at: me@brettrussell.com. Please do NOT contact me and ask me to send you all of the information from this web site, or to ask me to help you with your term paper on Ebola - but if you are really nice and find my site useful and give me a donation since I pay for all of this myself, Iíll be really kind to you.

 


[Home] [What Is Ebola?] [What Strains Exist?] [Strains Differ?] [Symptoms?] [Incubation Period?] [What Does It Infect?] [How Is It Transmitted?] [Transmit Before Signs?] [How Long Are You Infectious?] [After Recovery Are You Still Contagious?] [Is It Airborne?] [What is the Chance of Mutation?] [How Do I Avoid Catching It?] [What Is The Basic Treatment?] [Cure or Vaccine?] [Serum From Blood?] [Survival Means Immunity?] [Recur?] [Past Illnesses Ebola?] [Where Is Ebola?] [Ebola In Texas?] [What Stops Epidemics?] [What Starts Epidemics?] [Can We Control Ebola?] [International Regulations?] [Quarantine] [Is Isolation Required?] [Travel And Ebola] [Microbe Name] [When Was It Identified?] [Genetic History] [Epidemiologic History] [How Is It Detected?] [Rate Of Reproduction] [Natural Reservoir] [Vectors] [What about the Fruit Bats?] [Truth About Dogs & Cats] [Other Resources]

You can always reach me by email at: webmaster@infowire.net