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Antibodies from survivors

4 Aug, 2014

Researchers consider using blood transfusions from Ebola survivors to pass antibodies into infected people, as no vaccines or drugs are approved yet. Dr. Peter Piot, director of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and co-discoverer of the virus:

This is something that’s fairly simple to do

WHO’s network of international blood regulators says there are thousands of survivors from past Ebola outbreaks in Africa. It says it has identified several patients as possible donors and the first batch of blood from survivors could be available later in the year, but adds:

[The] logistics of blood collection are an issue

Blood from donors must also be screened for other illnesses such as HIV and malaria before it can be used.