Ebola Treatment Saves Monkeys

Things are starting to really speed up when it comes to testing this incredibly new but experimental drug called ZMapp. If you have been following the news regarding the Ebola epidemic that is currently spreading in Africa, you’d know that people are desperately trying to get some help to fight off this truly deadly virus.

According to some health organizations, it’s currently estimated that this epidemic will probably take many months to stop and will probably cost thousands of lives in the continent. The outbreak is currently occurring in countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

But it’s not yet a total loss. In recent weeks, for example, two health workers were given the experimental drug ZMapp, which caused them to recover from the disease quite dramatically despite the fact that their symptoms were already advancing to the point where people do not normally survive.

So now, the race is on to get this drug tested fast and get it produced to save the lives people that are threatened with infection.

Recently, the drug has been the reason for the survival of at least seven people who have been infected with Ebola. And now, it has been tested with some macaque monkeys who have been infected with the virus.

According to the article on the LA Times, the monkeys were already five days into the infection. Researchers say that this would put them about three days from death. After being administered with the drug, the symptoms disappeared and the spread of the virus was contained and reduced to “insignificant levels.”

Sadly for three monkeys for whom the drugs were not administered, these died within eight days.

The tests were done in April and May by the Canadian Public Health Agency’s national laboratory for zoonotic diseases and special pathogens (quite a mouthful, yes). It was led by Gary P. Kobinger who was also joined by other researchers and scientists from the company that developed ZMapp, MappBio.

According to the team, the medication recognizes the Ebola virus and binds to it and according to Kobinger, this was “fantastic news.” He also added that the infection that the monkeys suffered from is pretty close to how humans progress when infected by the disease.

The experiment used a modified version of ZMapp and administered in much higher doses to infected patients.

Patients who are suffering from the viral infection develop symptoms such as fever, reduced appetite, and liver and skin problems. For humans, between the time of infection and death takes about twelve to fourteen days. The great news was, the experimental medication was able to rescue all of the 18 monkeys the drug was administered with.

This is pretty awesome news in the field of viral research and we truly encourage all of the researchers to keep going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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More Money is Pouring Into Herpes Vaccine Research

Here’s an interesting tidbit of news. It was announced yesterday that Admedus, which is a biotech company known formerly as Allied Healthcare, invested about an additional six million dollars into Admedus Vaccines.

Why is this a relevant development in the field of herpes research? Well, Admedus Vaccines is headed by one of the foremost medical researchers in the world and also the person responsible for the creation of the HPV vaccine, Professor Ian Frazer.

Just where are we with herpes vaccine research then? Well, if you haven’t been following the news lately, you would be pleased to know that in February, a vaccine for the Herpes Simplex 2 virus was being tested and Admedus released a statement that informed the public that there were really positive results from the Phase I trials that they have conducted.

We can expect more information from them soon regarding the result of those trials.

The company is scheduled to report additional data from the trial this quarter.

According to Lee Rodne, chief executive of Admedus, they were being quite “dedicated to the continued development of these programs” because of the immense potential of these solutions to help so many around the world suffering from a variety of illnesses, and not just herpes. However, the focus here is HSV-2, which is really the widespread version of the disease that causes genital herpes.

The goal of Professor Frazer’s team is to clear the virus out of the diseased person’s bloodstream. While this does not mean that they will be completely free of the virus, it would really reduce the occurrence of outbreaks and reduce the potential for spreading the virus.

Herpes remains one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases in the adult world mainly because it still is a disease for which there is no cure. Antiviral medications are available to treat it but they only work to suppress symptoms but not really clear it from a person’s body.

It looks like there is really still some progress being made in herpes research and we really look forward to the day when it is finally cured. When that happens, we can expect ventures like Admedus Vaccines to be awash in business from the millions of people who would gladly pay to be rid of this disease.

In the meantime, it would be best if we still stick to healthy routines and keep those symptoms in check.

 



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Simply Some Days Are Better than Others

Meredith is a nice lady that shared this story with us in the comments section. We moved it as a post since it was so good.

I am pretty sure that I will be living with herpes pretty much until the day I will die.

And no, this is not something because I am depressed or anything. It’s just that it’s true, this is the reality that I am living. I have been looking up different kinds of research about this disease and to be serious, I cannot see anything happening anymore.

That’s okay, though. I have been living with this thing for a couple of years now and I have gotten used to it. The medication that I have been taking is pretty good. It does keep these crazy ass sores in check and it stops me from spreading this thing to other people that I make out with. However, it does get annoying, though.

It doesn’t cost me a lot. Healthcare takes care of it. I just don’t enjoy the inconvenience of having to cope with this kind of recurring problems. Of course, I accept that life could be worse. I could be living with cancer, for example. That would be exponentially worse, I think.

My Life Goes On Despite Herpes

So what do I do now? Nothing much, just work. Day in and day out. Punching that time card. I go out with my friends, still. Having herpes has not made me a pariah. They are my friends after all and I am not going to be doing anything funny with them that could give them this disease.

Love life? Yes, it’s still there. I just don’t see it progressing further. I don’t blame the disease. I blame myself. Lately I have been digging in pretty deep at work and it is really sucking up a lot of my time.

Overall, I think herpes is a disease I can deal with. It’s not going to kill me, although I have read that it could promote Alzheimer’s. That would suck for my family and friends, but not for me really. I mean, I’m hardly going to be aware of what’s going on, so I seriously doubt that I would be anxious about having it.

I Work Hard

My career continues to bloom. That’s great, because that’s the only thing I have going for me. Well, I’m still young. Things could still improve. You never know, someone might really give this a shot and finally cure me of this stupid virus.

To be honest, I can’t blame medical researchers. There are far more important things to worry about in the world and this minor inconvenience is really not much of a priority especially if there are workarounds that do work. Antivirals really do the job if you take them when your doctor and your body tells you to.

What’s the lesson here? Practice safe sex but please, if you didn’t, don’t go all crazy just because you picked up an STD. Yes, it’s embarrassing at first but trust me, you have a lot more years of good life ahead of you to be going crazy about some sores on your mouth once in a while.

Just keep yourself healthy and those stupid sores will stay away.

Have fun. Life is great. The world is great.



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Mat Herpes Threatens to Ruin Wrestling Tournament

Ever heard of herpes gladiatorum? It’s basically the same as “normal” herpes in that it is also caused by the herpes simplex virus and the symptoms are also similar. You can expect to also get cold sores from it.

It is called herpes gladiatorum or “mat herpes” because it normally afflicts wrestlers due to the constant skin-to-skin contact that they have in their sport. While it is named differently, it is pretty much the same kind of disease as the usual kind of herpes that is spread via sexual contact.

And now this disease has caused some anxiety at Lake-Lehman High school in Pennsylvania and has shut down the varsity wrestling program there.  (more…)



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Symptoms of Herpes: Common Ways to Tell If You Might Have It

Okay, so you think you may have picked up something from someone recently? Do you feel something strange going on “down there?” Maybe you should see a doctor because it might be a symptom of something quite serious. Or maybe it could just be nothing and you are simply being very paranoid.

But given the statistical probability that you might get herpes after a random sexual encounter, you might want to know just what exactly are the symptoms for herpes which is actually quite a common disease nowadays. There is no cure for it and about one in five adults are already infected with it.

So here is a quick rundown of the most common signs that might give you a clue as to whether or not you have herpes.

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Herpes Contracted During Circumcision – Newborn Dies

 

Last September, an infant died in a hospital at Brooklyn after being diagnosed of having herpes because of the

Herpes Infant

 

circumcision religious ritual, according to the New York Daily News. Unfortunately, this is not the first case that happened to an infant because there are many infants out there who died after contracting the virus. This can be devastating for a lot of mothers since they have carried those infants in their wombs knowing that they will soon die because of this herpes virus. Some people think that the baby can only acquire the virus if their mothers have the disease. But the truth is it is not the only cause because based on the studies and research of medical practitioners there are other causes why infants develop herpes after they are born. One of the most common causes is the circumcision procedure that is being done to infants by certain rituals nowadays.

More after the jump.

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