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Two Ebola drugs prove effective in trials: WHO QNA

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that scientists are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the Ebola virus after two potential drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90 percent in a clinical trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The trial, conducted by an international research group coordinated by the WHO, began in November last year.

Since then, four experimental drugs have been tested on around 700 patients, with the preliminary results from the first 499 now known.

Four drugs were tested on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is a major outbreak of the virus.

More than 90 percent of infected people can survive if treated early with the most effective drugs, the research showed.

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