Ebola Health Center

As of October 2014, there is no treatment for Ebola that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Because of the lack of viable medications to treat the virus, doctors usually try to treat the symptoms.

Ebola patients are often placed in intensive care. There, doctors take several measures to increase the patients’ chances of survival. These measures include providing fluids, stabilizing oxygen and blood pressure levels, replacing lost blood and treating any other infections that arise.

Other medicines used to fight viral infections do not appear to have much effect on Ebola.

The 2014 West African Ebola outbreak sparked a surge in Ebola treatment research. Researchers and pharmaceutical companies, as of October 2014, had several treatments under review, but none were FDA-approved.

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Review Date: 
October 9, 2014
Last Updated:
November 4, 2014