Posted at: 08/22/2013 11:28 AM
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A new study authored by Army scientists at Fort Detrick reports that a treatment grown in tobacco plants cured three of seven monkeys that developed symptoms from the deadly Ebola virus.
The Frederick News-Post reports (http://bit.ly/17NdrFs ) the treatment, called MB-003, had previously been shown to be highly effective in monkeys given the treatment within two hours of exposure.
In the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers waited until the monkeys developed symptoms before administering the treatment.
Researchers say the 43 percent cure rate shows promise.
MB-003 is made through an effort with San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical and manufactured using tobacco plants grown in Kentucky.
Ebola is highly contagious and deadly. The virus is a source of fear in Africa, where outbreaks since 2000 have killed hundreds.
Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com
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