August 5th, 2014
09:41 PM ET

How the experimental Ebola drug works

As the number of deaths in Africa continue to rise, two Americans infected with Ebola are now being treated at an Atlanta-area hospital. On Tuesday, Erin Burnett spoke with Stephanie Elam, who reports on the new experimental drug that may save their lives.

ZMapp was developed by a team of 25 labs in seven countries, but it had never been tested on humans before it was given it to Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writbol.

While the drug wasn't even slated for testing untill 2015, Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire told Elam she thought the serum would work, and would have taken it herself.

Watch the associated video for Elam's full report on the new serum tasked with combatting Ebola.

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August 5th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

David McKenzie travels into the Ebola epicenter

On Tuesday evening, CNN's David McKenzie, the only television reporter covering the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, gave viewers a first-hand look at the worsening conditions.

As part of an exclusive CNN report, McKenzie visited a hospital where doctors are putting their own lives on the line to treat patients.

One doctor described the challenging lack of resources at the treatment centers, explaining that the number of patients coming in is on the rise, even though hospitals are already at capacity.

Patients are kept in isolation, but McKenzie gets as close as he can to Tenneh Naloh, whose husband and son have already died from the disease.

“We are feeling much better”, she says. "We are strong, and we’re going to fight.”

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August 5th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

Ebola survivor, Dr. Thomas Cairns: ‘It was a very difficult time’

In 1972, while working at a hospital in what was then known as Zaire, Dr. Thomas Cairns nicked his finger with a scalpel while performing an autopsy on a patient who had died before being properly diagnosed.

Ebola was not a known disease at the time, but Dr. Cairns contracted a virus that would soon have him fighting for his life.

"OutFront" on Tuesday evening, Cairns revealed to Erin Burnett that there was very little they could do for him at the time. Knowing what experts know now about how infectious the disease is, it's difficult for Cairns to explain how he avoided infecting his caregivers and family:

“Using that word miracle is what I would use too," he told Burnett. "I can’t account for it, other than the power of God.”

Watch the above video, and tune in every weeknight at 7P for "Erin Burnett OutFront."

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August 5th, 2014
08:51 PM ET

Nick Paton Walsh from Ukraine: "This is the most sustained gunfire we’ve heard"

While reporting for "OutFront" on Tuesday evening, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh witnessed nearby gunfire in Donetsk, Ukraine.

As fight ensued during the early hours of the morning, Walsh noted that this was "the most sustained gunfire we’ve heard" near the center of the city.

This comes as the Russian military is nearly doubling in size along the border with Ukraine.

Watch the video above as Nick Paton Walsh pauses multiple times to acknowledge a barrage of gunfire.

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