Dr. Kent Brantly went from ‘near death’ to drastically improved after being given an experimental drugs serum called ZMapp. He was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday. Nancy Writebol, the second American aid worker to become infected with the disease, was also given the serum. She will be transported to the same hospital Tuesday.
The serum is a combination of proteins that the human body produces to block the Ebola virus. Specialists at the hospital where the two patients will be treated have not said whether the experimental medicine will continue to be used in their recovery process.
Brantly and Writebol are two of the nearly 1,600 infections that have occurred since the outbreak began. The World Health Organization announced Monday that 887 people have died from the virus, making it the worst Ebola outbreak in history.