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Ebola Patients Buy Survivors’ Blood on Black Market

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Berlin Hospital Prepares For Possible Ebola Cases

Many Ebola patients in West Africa have begun to purchase the blood of Ebola survivors on the black market to increase their chances of survival.

CNN reports that Ebola survivors’ blood is referred to as “convalescent serum,” and is said to possess  antibodies that can fight the virus. However, efficacy of the treatment is unproven.

The serum has been used to treat some patients, including Rick Sacra, an American aid worker. The blood of Kent Brantly, an American who survived Ebola, was used to treat him.

According to reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) is worried that patients in the affected countries are obtaining the blood via improper means, and that doing so could lead to the spread of other diseases including HIV and other blood-related ailments.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Sean Gallup

12 Comments

  1. lindo

    September 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    This is getting crazy, may God’s Kingdom come.

  2. bruno

    September 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    And the spread of will HIV continue in africa, due to ignorance and desperation. Its so funny that nigerian pastors can see the future and cast of witches and demons but they can cure ebola.

  3. Khaleesi

    September 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Not ideal, but expected. People will do anything to survive.

  4. XteriAyaoba

    September 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This is a classic case of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” In a bid to survice Ebola (which is treatable), people will end up with HIV or more dangerous blood related diseases which do not have a cure. Very sad. May God help Africa

  5. deb

    September 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    But the level at which people do things in crude way is unbelievable…

  6. XteriAyaoba

    September 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    sorry ‘survive’ typo

  7. ohumotu

    September 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    this sounds like a very creepy hollywood movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I go dey laff

    September 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Nur be smal tyn

  9. fleur

    September 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This is where we affirm the dark continent label. We are so I dunno. Geez. Let me stop reading. Don’t want to raise my bp.

    • tunmi

      September 21, 2014 at 3:37 am

      “The serum has been used to treat some patients, including Rick Sacra, an American aid worker. The blood of Kent Brantly, an American who survived Ebola, was used to treat him.”

  10. Tony

    September 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I said in another post that ignorance is a plague. Africans are considered brutal and it is disheartening sometimes for me as an African. Now we have foolish and primitive added. Such a pity.

    How is this topic related to pastors finding a cure for Ebola? Jeez doesn’t this psych ever give up?

  11. @edDREAMZ

    September 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    This is one painfull situation i must say….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

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