Positive results for Ebola drug

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa – once more of it can be made.

The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, 3 to 5 days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other experimental Ebola treatment tested so far.

The drug also completely protected six other monkeys given a slightly different version of it 3 days after infection in a pilot test.