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Ebola blood query

Frederick Thum st93mey7 at dunx1.ocs.drexel.edu
Tue Oct 8 11:30:16 EST 1996

: In article <52rjo3$f0r at net.bio.net>, ian at dnai.com (Ian Nies) wrote:

: > Has anyone heard about the doctor in Zaire who injected a nurse that became
: > infected with ebola virus, with the blood of a patient who survived ebola
: > infection? The story is that the nurse having been injected with patient's
: > blood recovered and survived ebola infection as a result .

This appeared on the PBS television show Nova.  The people from CDC were
against it due to the obvious risks of transmission of other diseases and
uncertainty if it would work, but the local doctors went ahead with the
transfusion.  Some patients with Ebola did self-cure, so it is possible the
nurse would have done the same; it is even possible that this is what did

It's an interesting show; I didn't read the book mentioned, so I can't

Frederick L. Thum III                   |"Genius may have its limitations, but
Drexel University, Dept. of Bioscience  | stupidity is not thus handicapped."
st93mey7 at post.drexel.edu                |      Elbert Hubbard

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