Will Blood Transfusions Help Those Infected With Ebola?

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Health experts gathered by the World Health Organization are recommending some specific vaccines and treatments, as the spread of Ebola in West Africa worsens. I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news. The WHO has identified two promising vaccines that may protect against Ebola, but those vaccines won’t be ready until at least November and supplies are low. In light of these limitations, the WHO is supporting the use of blood transfusions to treat infected people. That’s when blood serum is taken from a person who survived Ebola. The serum contains antibodies that helped fight off the virus. If it’s injected into an infected person, those same antibodies can help the patient fight off the disease. Stay informed about the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


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