A team of Duke and UNC researchers are providing expertise for a new clinical study in West Africa treating Ebola patients with transfusions of blood plasma from survivors of the virus.
The study, believed to be the first of its kind, enrolled its first patients three weeks ago and is being conducted at ELWA hospital operated by the Charlotte charity group SIM in Monrovia, Liberia. The main goal is to determine whether the approach is safe and effective in reducing the chances of dying from the disease.
“It all really becomes a team effort, and there are many people not directly involved who are willing to take on additional work, to allow us to do this in an emergency mode,” said Chris Woods, MD, MPH, professor of medicine (Infectious Diseases) and pathology and co-director of Duke’s Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. Read more.
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