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Admission to an Ebola treatment unit was tied to a 38% drop in secondary cases.
"I would view the results . . . in an optimistic light," said lead author Richard Davey after the drug showed more than 90% efficacy.
The child's case is the 4th—including a death—from the same family in Forecariah district.
Also, phase 2 trials just launched for two prime-boost Ebola vaccine regimens.
Funding will be used to continue trials of BCX4430 and prepare for its large-scale manufacture.
The findings clear the way for the next step, which may require a change in venue.
The virus may be more stable than a study in August found.
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