Ebola patients saved after receiving experimental drugs

After receiving an experimental treatment flown into Liberia last week, two American missionary workers who contracted Ebola there appeared to have improved significantly, CNN reports. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who worked with the Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, reportedly contracted the virus in late July from another health care worker at their hospital. The drug, developed by a San Diego–based biotech firm, had never before been tried in a human being, but had shown positive results in experiments with monkeys.

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