Ebola ‘no longer incurable’ as Congo trial finds drugs boost survival Aug 14, 2019 0 693 12345 REUTERSLONDONScientists are a step closer to being able to cure the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever after two experimental drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90 percent in a clinical trial in Congo.Two experimental drugs - an antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3 developed by Regeneron and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 - will now be offered to all patients infected with the viral disease in an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The drugs showed “clearly better” results, according to US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in a trial of four potential treatments being conducted during the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, now entering its second year in DRC.The drugs improved survival rates from the disease more than two other treatments being tested - ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical, and Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences - and those products will be now dropped, said Anthony Fauci, one of the researchers co-leading the trial.The agency said 49 percent of the patients on ZMapp and 53 percent on Remdesivir died in the study. In comparison, 29 percent of the patients on REGN-EB3 and 34 percent on mAb114 died.Jean-Jacques Muyembe, director general of Congo’s Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale in DRC, who co-led the trial, said the results meant that “from now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable.” “These advances will help save thousands of lives,” he told reporters.Anthony Fauci, NIAID’s director, also said the results were “very good news” for the fight against Ebola.The agency said that of the patients who were brought into treatment centres with low levels of virus detected in their blood, 94 percent who got REGN-EB3 and 89 percent on mAb114 survived.In comparison, two-thirds of the patients who got Remdesivir and nearly three-quarters on ZMapp survived.Ebola has been spreading in eastern Congo since August 2018 in an outbreak that has now killed at least 1,800 people. Efforts to control it have been hampered by militia violence and some local resistance to outside help.Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2013 to 2016 became the world’s largest ever when it spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and killed more than 11,300 people. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran says Britain might release oil tanker soon, Gibraltar says not yet Aug 14, 2019 0 442 Burundian YouTube child star’s death spotlights malaria epidemic Aug 14, 2019 0 619 Egypt hosts Sudan protest leaders ahead of landmark deal Aug 14, 2019 0 318 13 killed when cattle rustlers attack village in South Sudan Juba: At least 13 people were killed when a heavily-armed group attacked a village and stole hundreds of cattle in central South Sudan, a local official said. The attackers wounded seven others and stole about 230 cattle .. Houthi explosive-laden drone ‘fell’ inside Yemen: Saudi-led coalition DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said an explosive-laden drone launched on Tuesday by the group in the direction of Saudi Arabia had fallen inside Yemeni territory.The Iran-aligned Houthis .. Israel deports Filipina worker, Israeli-born son Jerusalem: Israel has deported a Filipina migrant worker and her Israeli-born teenage son who has never set foot in the Philippines, after 11th hour legal appeals failed, a rights group and authorities said on Tuesday. .. Rebels repel Syrian government forces’ push into south Idlib Beirut: Syrian rebels managed to repel Syrian troops who tried to push into the southern countryside of north-western Idlib province on Tuesday as part of a campaign for key rebel-held areas, including the stronghold of .. Clashes kill 59 fighters in northwest Syria: Monitor AFP Beirut Clashes between regime loyalists and insurgents in rebel-held northwest Syria killed 59 combatants on Tuesday, a war monitor said. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda .. Iran reports uranium enrichment has reached 4.5% TEHRAN: Iran says it has enriched 370 kilogrammes of uranium to a concentration of 4.5 percent, both of which would be in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal reached with global powers. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for ..