Ebola cases being hidden from public as government stockpiles survivors’ blood before epidemic resurgence

Sunday, November 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to begin stockpiling blood plasma from Ebola survivors, leading some observers to question whether the government is merely being prudent or is expecting a widening of the current outbreak inside the U.S.

As reported by Wired, the plasma comes from survivors who were “treated with a pathogen inactivation system that’s never been used before in the United States.”

Thus far, the news site noted, the U.S. has had remarkable success in treating Ebola infections — indeed, in curing the disease — and that is quite possibly due to the experimental plasma treatments.

The plasma is taken from survivors and comes “enriched in antibodies that could help to fight off the disease,” Wired reported. But in addition, the plasma also has an ability to carry other diseases, such as malaria, that are extremely common in regions like West Africa, where the current Ebola outbreak originated.

Expecting more infections?

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