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Doctor Given Experimental Ebola Drug Dies


Doctor Given Experimental Ebola Drug Dies

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A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an
experimental Ebola drug has died, the country’s information minister
said Monday.
Dr. Abraham Borbor, the deputy chief medical doctor at the country’s
largest hospital, had been among three Liberians, and the first
Africans, who received the drug, ZMapp. Two Americans received the
untested drug and survived. A Spaniard infected with Ebola received the
treatment but died. There was no update given on the two other Liberians
who took doses of the drug.
Borbor “was showing signs of improvement but yesterday he took a turn
for the worse,” Information Minister Lewis Brown told The Associated
Press. It wasn’t clear if he died late Sunday or on Monday.
Ebola has killed more than 1,400 people across West Africa. There is no
proven vaccine or cure for the disease that can cause a grisly death
with bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears.
The virus can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily
fluids of the sick or from touching victims’ bodies, leaving doctors
and other health care workers most vulnerable to contracting it.
Only six people in the world are known to have received ZMapp. The small
supply is now said to be exhausted, and it is expected to be months
before more can be produced by its U.S. maker.
Health experts caution that the drug had never been tested in humans
before and it was unclear whether it works. They note there is a huge
gap between the treatment the two Americans got at an Atlanta hospital,
where five infectious disease experts and 21 nurses provided rigorous
care, and West Africa, where even such basics as sterile fluids can be
in short supply.

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Victor Ndah

thanks for the info@LINJUST but am really tired of all this Ebola, this situation is getting out of hand.


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