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There is no cure for Ebola other than time. When symptoms begin, healthcare providers can only offer supportive care while the body attempts to fight the infection. Despite this care, death still occurs in 50 to 90 percent of cases. Scientists are actively researching a new vaccine, which could prevent hemorrhagic fever from developing.

Can Ebola Be Cured?

There is only one Ebola cure: time. There are currently no proven treatment options that can kill the virus. And although researchers are working on a vaccine to prevent infections, it is still being tested in clinical trials.

Time as a Cure for Ebola

When a person is infected with the Ebola virus, he or she will not feel sick for anywhere from several days to a few weeks. When Ebola symptoms do begin, healthcare providers can only offer supportive care. This refers to treating symptoms and complications of the virus. Supportive care can include:
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain fluids and electrolytes
  • Medications to control fever, help the blood clot, and maintain blood pressure
  • Oxygen and devices that help with breathing
  • Antibiotics to prevent secondary infections from bacteria
  • Good nursing care.
Despite supportive care, death occurs in between 50 and 90 percent of people infected with the virus.

What About Using a Vaccine?

Ebola research scientists are actively researching a new vaccine. Although this vaccine will not be an Ebola cure, it could prevent hemorrhagic fever from developing in the first place. As mentioned, the vaccine is currently being tested in clinical trials.
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