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WHO says experimental drugs should be used in West Africa Ebola fight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:19

The World Health Organization says it believes some potential Ebola treatments, even if barely tested on humans, should be used to help contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The WHO announcement came shortly after a Spanish priest died from the disease. Karen Hendren reports.

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==RESENDING WITH CORRECTED HEADLINE== For five decades, Brother Miguel Pajares devoted his life to helping the needy in Africa. He was working at the San Jose hospital in Monrovia, helping care for patients sick with Ebola, when he too became infected. With his health rapidly deteriorating he was flown in a specially modiifed aircraft to Madrid last Thursday for treatment. He's believed to have been given an experimental serum, called ZMapp - one of only three patients to have received it. The other two are Americans now being treated in Atlanta. But for Brother Pajares, it was not enough. He died on Tuesday. Even so the World Health Organisation's xxxx xxxxx says such treatments, while largely untested, have shown promise and should be made available to the west African countries where Ebola is running rampant. SOUNDBITE) (English) WHO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL MARIE-PAULE KIENY SAYING: "There was unanimous agreement among the experts that the special circumstances of this Ebola outbreak, it is ethical to offer unregistered interventions as potential treatments or prevention." And the crisis in west Africa is not abating. Nigeria is now reporting ten dead...adding to the overall toll of more than 1000 in a crisis that the W.H.O says might take unusual measures to contain.

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WHO says experimental drugs should be used in West Africa Ebola fight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 01:19