Ebola outbreak makes for black market blood

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SIERRA LEONE -- As if the Ebola virus weren't horrifying enough, now sick people are scrounging for the blood of survivors. The stuff is red-hot on the black market.

The World Health Organization is trying to stop the trade, out of fears that other illnesses, like HIV could spread. It has not even proven that survivor blood, also known as "convalescent serum" actually works. But it's said to have antibodies that can fight the disease.

Convalescent serum has been reportedly used to treat American aid worker Rick Sacra, who is hospitalized in Nebraska.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.