US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT HEALTHDAY NEWS by Robert Preidt, Nov. 6, 2015
Ebola patients are more likely to survive if they are hospitalized soon after being infected, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,000 cases of Ebola virus that occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo over 38 years. They found that each day of delay in hospital admission was associated with an 11 percent higher risk of death during epidemics.
Delays in hospitalization were caused by factors such as geography, infrastructure and cultural influences, the researchers said.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has had more Ebola outbreaks than any other country since the deadly virus was discovered in 1976, they noted.
The researchers also found that rapidly progressing Ebola outbreaks are swiftly brought under control, while national and international responses to slower-progressing outbreaks tend to be less intense. As a result, those outbreaks last longer, the study authors said.
The study was published Nov. 3 in the journal eLife.
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