EBOLA UPDATE: Supply of experimental treatment has run out, reveal Madrid doctors

LAST UPDATED: 25 Sep, 2014 @ 10:32
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EBOLA UPDATE: Supply of experimental treatment has run out, reveal Madrid doctors

DOCTORS treating the Spanish priest flown to Madrid after contracting the deadly Ebola virus have revealed there are no more samples of experimental ZMapp available in the world right now.

They are now considering other treatments for Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, who was working as a medical director at a hospital in Sierra Leone when he was diagnosed with the virus.

The first Spanish priest to contract Ebola, this time in Liberia, died in Madrid in August despite being treated with ZMapp.

The company which produces ZMapp, Mapp Biopharmaceutical, said the drugs supplies are exhausted and that another batch will take months, reported the Associated Press.

Other possible treatments currently being considered include using blood serum from a cured patient.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s deadliest to date and the World Health Organisation has declared an international health emergency.

So far this year, more than 2,500 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

There have been Ebola scares in Alicante and Malaga, but both cases were given the all clear after an initial warning.

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