Podcast 511: Ebola Treatment  - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 511: Ebola Treatment 

Author: Rachel Beham, PharmD

Educational Pearls:

  • There are currently many Ebola vaccines that are being studied, and one (recombinant VZV-Ebola vaccine) is currently being used in Africa. This vaccine has so far shown good efficacy in reducing Ebola infections and mortality from Ebola in those who do become infected. 
  • There are antibody-based treatments that are currently under investigation for the treatment of Ebola. They have been well tolerated in phase 1 trials and show some promise of efficacy.  

References

Shcheblyakov D et. al. Development and characterization of two GP-specific monoclonal antibodies, which synergistically protect non-human primates against Ebola lethal infection. Antiviral Res. 2019 Oct 5:104617. doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2019.104617. [Epub ahead of print]

Fries L et. al. A Randomized, Blinded, Dose-Ranging Trial of an Ebola Virus Glycoprotein (EBOV GP) Nanoparticle Vaccine with Matrix-M™ Adjuvant in Healthy Adults. J Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 11. pii: jiz518. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz518. [Epub ahead of print] 

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Music credit: “Smooth Lovin” by Kevin MacLoed (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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