Tobacco leaf, beer may help beat Ebola

Scientists have revealed that tobacco leaf and beer could hold the key to beating Ebola, which has claimed over 3,400 lives and is forecast to infect 1.4 million by January.

Melbourne: Scientists have revealed that tobacco leaf and beer could hold the key to beating Ebola, which has claimed over 3,400 lives and is forecast to infect 1.4 million by January.

According to scientists, the ZMAPP medicine, made by infecting tobacco leaves with a genetically engineered virus that contains in instructions to make three antibodies to Ebola, has already been used on seven humans with the virus in the current Ebola outbreak, News.com.au reported.

Scientists have revealed that all of the 18 monkeys infected with Ebola and treated with ZMAPP in a trial survived and five of the seven humans who've used the drug lived, while one of the vaccines that could help prevent the spread of Ebola could be made in any brewery according to the head of the pharmaceutical company that makes it.

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