Vox Sentences: One step closer to an Ebola cure

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Scientists are one step closer to an Ebola cure; a Swedish court finds A$AP Rocky guilty of assault, but he won’t serve prison time.

New Ebola drugs give scientists hope for a cure
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Two Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been effectively cured with drugs, scientists say, a feat against the disease that was long thought incurable. [AP / Saleh Mwanamilongo]
Scientists had been testing four treatments since November, and two of them — REGN-EB3 and mAb114 — proved to be more effective. If treated early, mortality rates drastically dropped, to 6 percent with REGN-EB3 and 11 percent with mAb114. [CNN / Jen Christensen and Jessie Yeung]
WHO will now begin a trial comparing the two drugs, which will also be distributed throughout outbreak zones. [Wired / Megan Molteni]
This could have huge implications for the current Ebola outbreak in the DRC, which has been declared a public health emergency. There are about 2,800 known patients, and more than 1,800 people have died of the virus since the outbreak began. [NYT / Donald G. McNeil Jr.]
Ebola was previously thought of as an incurable disease. While a vaccine had been developed and administered around the DRC and surrounding countries, there had been no effective treatment until now. [USA Today / Morgan Hines]
Doctors are hoping that the new success cases will help combat mistrust in communities, as fear and suspicion from locals has led to violence against doctors in the past. As the drugs save more lives, locals may become more willing to seek treatment. [CNN / Jen Christensen and Jessie Yeung]
This also supports the idea of researching and testing different drugs amid an outbreak, which was once controversial due to scientific and ethical concerns. Future mid-outbreak studies could help scientists respond to diseases more quickly. [Time / Jamie Ducharme]
This is just the beginning of making Ebola a treatable and preventable disease — and ultimately save countless lives. [BBC]
A$AP Rocky’s case in Sweden comes to an end
A$AP Rocky’s assault case in Sweden — which somehow ended up involving President Donald Trump — has finally come to an end with a guilty verdict. [CNN / Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Per Nyberg]
A brief timeline: Rocky and two associates were arrested on July 3 and charged with assaulting 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari on June 30. The rapper was released on August 2 and returned to the US, and the judges released their verdict on Wednesday. [BBC]
Judges ultimately decided that Rocky could not claim self-defense, but ruled that his crime was not of such a “serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen.” He will instead have to pay a …read more

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