Ebola drug to be tested on humans

Image caption Ebola is even more deadly to monkeys than humans

Scientists developing a drug to treat the Ebola virus have been given permission to test it on humans. Authorities in the United States approved limited clinical trials after the treatment was shown to be effective in monkeys.

Reporter Iain Mackenzie

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Ebola is even more deadly to monkeys than humans. If they get it they die. However in tests, the new treatment cured 60% of them. It also proved 100% effective in dealing with the closely-related Marburg virus. The hope is that these results will be replicated or even bettered when the drug is given to humans.