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CROI 2015: International Ebola Response Too Little, Too Late [VIDEO]

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An HIV clinic in hard-hit Guinea saw a 50% drop in people coming to the facility in the midst of the Ebola epidemic, and the global response has been inadequate, researchers said at the opening press conference of the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) taking place this week in Seattle. According to another report, the antiviral drug favipiravir (Avigan) appeared to help some patients with less-severe Ebola virus disease, but more effective therapies are still needed.

[David Leuenberger, Denis Malvy, Gilles Van Cutsem, CROI opening press conference, February 23, 2015]

The Ebola epidemic has had "a massive public health impact beyond Ebola morbidity and mortality," said David Leuenberger from Mission Philafricaine. "HIV care in such a context is challenging, but not impossible."

"Ebola has left a heavy scar that will last for decades and remind us of the negligence of the international community," said Gilles Van Cutsem of Médecins Sans Frontières, noting that the epidemic had outstripped the organization's human resources and supply capacity. While the number of new cases has fallen in some areas, the West African epidemic remains unpredictable, he cautioned. "Even with just one case, we can have a renewed outbreak."

2/23/15

References

D Leuenberger, J Hébélamou, S Strahm, et al. Impact of the Ebola Epidemic on HIV Care in Macenta, Forest Guinea, 2014. 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Seattle, February 23-24, 2015. Abstract 103LB.

D Sissoko, E Folkesson, M Abdoul, D Malvy, et al. Favipiravir in Patients with Ebola Virus Disease: Early Results of the JIKI trial in Guinea. 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Seattle, February 23-24, 2015. Abstract 103ALB.

G Van Cutsem. The Médecins Sans Frontières Experience With The Current Ebola Outbreaks. 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Seattle, February 23-24, 2015. Abstract 76.