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    Art Janke

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There are 6 comments on Battling Ebola: How Ebola Kills

  1. Hello Doc,
    Since Eboli causes the human immune system to over react, and is usually fatal. Why not treat a virus with a virus? Give the patient HIV/AIDS to stop the body’s reaction, then treat the HIV. May buy some time.

    Just my thoughts,
    Knox Pruett
    Austin, Texas 78749

  2. Hello Mr. Pruett,
    I do not and would not advocate intentionally infecting anyone with HIV. I see the line of your reasoning, but I think that two virus infections would be worse than one. I do agree with your idea that it would be a good to try to “quiet down” the immune response (but not turn it off). It would be interesting to study how to do this effectively.

  3. I would like to know a little more about both the clotting and other immune responses.

    For instance, would anticoagulants in the early stage prevent inappropriate clotting in the liver? And would infusion of clotting agents such as prothrombin complex be of use later on, when the clotting agents are exhausted?

    Secondly, are there any similarities with the “cytokine storm” associated with the spanish flu virus? I have read that in that situation, medications as simple as aspririn and Omega-3 oils have been proposed to moderate the immune response so that the cytokine storm does not kill the patient.

    I would be interested to know if there are any similar sensible precautions I could take with over the counter supplements in the case of Ebola.

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