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Two Americans infected with Ebola likely improving from secret serum

Updated: 2014-08-05 06:28:57 (KST)
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We start with the latest on the world's worst outbreak of the Ebola (ee-bowler) virus in Africa
The number of people who have died following the outbreak has risen to almost nine-hundred, while more than 16-hundred people in four west African countries have been affected.
The World Health Organization issued the new total Monday, which takes into account deaths up until Friday.
Meanwhile, there are hopes that an experimental serum to treat the disease is working.
The serum was give to two American aid workers, Doctor Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol who contracted the virus in West Africa.
Brantly is now being treated at Emory University Hospital in the U.S.
Infectious disease specialists say he is now strong enough to stand up and walk.
Writebol has also reportedly regained her appetite and is in stable condition.
The drug was developed by a biotech firm based in San Diego and was never before tried in humans, but had shown promising results when tested on monkeys.


Reporter : Lian.yoo@arirang.co.kr

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