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August 2, 2015

Ebola Drug Reportedly Shows Promise

Concern about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted a heightened response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal health agency imposed tight security and safety precautions as the first Americans infected with the virus arrived in the United States from Liberia, where they had been working. Dr. Kent Brantly arrived on Saturday in Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital, and  Nancy Writebol  is due to arrive on Tuesday. CNN reports that both  received doses of an experimental drug.  The report could lead to calls for wider use of the product, which has not been approved for use, based on anecdotal reports about promising results in the two patients.

The organization sponsoring the two missionary health care workers requested the drug directly from the drug manufacturer. However, the regular drug development process seeks to balance out the need to address a current health threat with testing on drug effectiveness and safety. CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young reports that another Ebola drug is under development.

Additionally, CQ HealthBeat’s John Reichard reported on CDC Director Thomas Frieden’s defense of the decision to bring the two patients back to the United States as he made a series of Sunday talk show appearances. The federal health agency has also published instructions for health care providers and airlines that might come across patients and passengers returning from the infected region in West Africa. The health agency has also assembled a list of responses to common questions about the Ebola virus.


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  1. Layla

    Aug. 5, 2014
    1:44 p.m.

    And should this virus become a contagion here in this country, it would be a crisis unlike any ever seen. It is not safe, nor smart to bring these people here.

  2. baryo pedro

    Aug. 17, 2014
    8:22 a.m.

    Has this experimental drug being used since its arrival? if so what measures are put into place should any side effects occur. Reason is everyone has a different reaction when it comes to drug intake.

  3. Emmanuel. B

    Aug. 17, 2014
    12:55 p.m.

    Why test only on the AMERICAN doctors not the blacks as well?
    There has been much response to development and testing of the drugs when ”A white man” contracted the disease. Why wasn’t it done earlier since the outbreak.

  4. I-Am

    Sept. 15, 2014
    8:33 p.m.

    In Liberia, (avg IQ 65) the people stormed an ebola clinic and stole supplies, “freed” patients”, appropriated contagious bloodsoaked mattresses, used syringes.
    White altruism is going to kill Americans, just stop trying.

  5. rltj

    Oct. 16, 2014
    7:48 a.m.

    At the UN somebody drew a circle. Then he put dates all around. And then he spun a soda bottle. Presto! Where the bottle pointed, It said Ebola could be controlled by the end of this year!

    With some bad luck, I think the problem of Ebola to the world has not even begun yet.

  6. rltj

    Oct. 16, 2014
    7:49 a.m.

    Developing a vaccine is the best hope.

  7. Kapil Pal

    Dec. 19, 2014
    12:41 a.m.

    I have written a highly researched and professional book on ebola, please read.
    I am a healthcare pofessional from India.

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