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A Unique Ebola Study Hints Clues on How Some Patients Survived the Virus

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While Ebola has garnered a lot of attention in the media for being a deadly disease, a unique Ebola study highlights on certain clues that can reveal how some people are able to combat the deadly virus. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University School of Medicine and University of Nebraska Medical Center analyzed the immune responses of Ebola patients treated in the United States. The study includes samples taken from patients during both their illness and recovery and has tracked 54 different markers of the immune system that successfully fought off the virus.

Anita McElroy, M.D. Ph.D., who is a guest researcher in CDC’s Viral Special Pathogens Branch and an Emory physician and faculty member said that the study has helped them find certain parts of the immune system that should be further tapped into to develop new therapies & focus on Ebola signs and symptoms. The study results show patients with severe EVD had high levels of virus in their blood and out of control immune responses that would lead to multiple organ failures, shock, destruction of healthy tissues and even death.

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