DHAKA: An experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus, US-based scientists have said.
The treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa, reports the BBC.
All three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days; three untreated monkeys died within nine days.
Scientists cautioned that the drug’s efficacy has not been proven in humans.
At present, there are no treatments or vaccines for Ebola that have been proven to work in humans.
University of Texas scientist Thomas Geisbert, who was the senior author of the study published in the journal Nature, said: “This is the first study to show post-exposure protection... against the new Makona outbreak strain of Ebola-Zaire virus.”
Results from human trials with the drug are expected in the second half of this year.
BDST: 0827 HRS, APR 23, 2015