Smith and colleagues found that in rhesus macaques infected with a lethal dose of Ebola virus, treatment with interferon beta early after exposure led to a significant increase in survival time, although it did not reduce mortality significantly. These findings suggest that early postexposure therapy with interferon beta may be a promising adjunct in the treatment of Ebola virus infection. The experimental drug ZMapp has shown some promise, but supplies have quickly been exhausted.
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