convalescent serum


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con·va·les·cent se·rum

serum from patients recently recovered from a disease; useful for diagnosis by demonstrating a fourfold increase in specific antibodies or in preventing or modifying by passive immunization the same disease in exposed susceptible people.

convalescent serum

Serum from a person who has recuperated from a particular infection–eg, scarlet fever, which may be of use in treating a person with the same infection; while acute-phase serum has ↑ IgM antibodies, CS has ↓ IgM, and ↑ IgG antibodies

convalescent serum

Serum from a person recovering from an infection.
See also: serum
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All had nasal aspirate and acute and convalescent serum specimens collected.
It will be far more easy to scale up the use of another possible treatment method not reliant on commercial vaccines--the use of convalescent serums and blood and plasma transfusions from people who have survived Ebola.
We have agreed that whole blood therapies and convalescent serums may be used to treat Ebola virus disease, and that all efforts must be invested into helping affected countries use them safely.