Evening Ebola Update, 2/24: MMWR shows EBOV spreads from urban to rural/Favipiravir reduces deaths if viral counts low or moderate   Leave a comment

2/24/15

Dear Colleagues:

l.  CDC MMWR 24 February states there are 23,235 reported EBOV cases (as of 2/18) including 9,380  deaths (as of 2/15).  The reported EBOV cases include confirmed, probable, and suspected cases.  The CDC data comes from health officials of reporting countries.  The Figure in the CDC MMWR shows by district how long since the last reported EBOV case in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  This Figure shows the EBOV is spreading from urban areas to rural areas. See the MMWR at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e0224a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e0224a1_e

2.  Science Magazine reports that favipiravir given to 40 patients with low or moderate viral countsreduced EBOV mortality from 30% to 15% compared to a historical control.  The drug was not of benefit in EBOVpatients with high viral counts.  See: http://news.sciencemag.org/africa/2015/02/many-caveats-promising-ebola-drug-trial

RGL, MD

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Posted February 25, 2015 by levittrg in Ebola

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