But some people in the Ebola stricken region aren't content to wait for the WHO. A black market has emerged, says CNN, with people taking it upon themselves to self-medicate with survivors' blood.
The treatment approach is unproven, and according to the Washington Post carries considerable risk: “[G]iving a patient someone else’s blood can cause anaphylactic shock and death or infect [them] with other diseases such as HIV if the blood is tainted.”
Not everyone who gets Ebola dies, but the lack of a proven cure changes the psychology of the disease. For the ongoing West African outbreak, the untreated mortality rate is sitting at 90 percent. With medical care, the rate drops to around 30 to 50 percent.
source: smithsonian.com By Colin Schultz