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Study: Drug Cures Monkeys Infected With Ebola

U.S.-based scientists say an experimental drug has cured monkeys infected with the Ebola virus.

According to test results published in the journal Nature on April 22, the treatment targets the Makona strain of the virus, which caused the current deadly outbreak in West Africa.

The scientists say all three monkeys receiving the treatment were healthy when the trial ended after 28 days, while three untreated monkeys died within nine days.

But they cautioned that the drug's efficacy has not been proven in humans yet.

Results from human trials with the drug are expected in the second half of 2015.

There are currently no treatments or vaccines for Ebola that have been proven to work in humans.

Since March 2014, more than 10,800 people have been reported as having died from the disease in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States, and Mali.

Based on reporting by AFP and the BBC