Infection with malaria increases chance of surviving Ebola

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Individuals infected with malaria have a higher chance of surviving Ebola

According to a review of medical and epidemiological data, individuals co-infected with malaria and Ebola have a higher chance of surviving the Ebola virus.

Things have quieted down compared with this time last year. However, the risk of a repeat Ebola outbreak in West Africa (or another territory) remains. Research continues into Ebola treatments and vaccines; meanwhile other medical research is looking into the nature of the virus and to understand why a few people survive and the majority does not.

Ebola virus disease describes the human disease which is caused by any of four of five known Ebola viruses. The name of this grouping comes from Ebola River in the Republic of the Congo. After an incubation time lasting for twenty-one days, one common sign of the disease is bleeding from mucous membranes and puncture sites. If the infected person does not recover, death, due to multiple organ dysfunction syndromes, occurs.

An inquiry into Ebola has discovered that those infected with the Ebola virus were 20 percent more likely to survive if they were co-infected with malaria (that is with the presence of the Plasmodium parasites in their blood). This is based on research collated at an Ebola diagnostic laboratory in Liberia.

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