Expert: Experimental Ebola Serum Needs to Be Tested

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local infectious diseases specialist is closely following the progress of the two Americans who were given an experimental Ebola serum before being brought back to the United States.

Saint Louis University’s Dr. Daniel Hoft says this serum hasn’t been used in humans beforeonly in monkeys with Ebolabut it appears to be working on the two American victims.

“The goal is for it to block the Ebola virus that’s in the body from infecting the cells,” he says. “And if it efficiently does that, then it will reduce the total amount of virus that’s in the body, and that will in turn result in reduction in symptoms.”

Reportedly, that’s what it is doing right now. Hoft says he has no problem with allowing the untested serum to be given to humans since there was no other option.

He just says further testing must be done on it to see if it is safe or can be improved.

Human testing on an Ebola vaccine is set to begin next month.

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