Doctor Dies After Receiving Experimental Ebola Drug

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Dr. Abraham Borbor, a Liberian doctor who contracted Ebola, has died after receiving one of the last doses of the experimental drug ZMapp. ZMapp, an investigational agent developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., had shown promise in small experiments involving monkeys and was also attributed to the recovery of two Americans who had contracted the virus in Liberia. In total, six people have received the drug, however no clinical trials involving humans have been conducted. ZMapp is a monoclonal antibody developed by exposing mice to portions of the virus and then harvesting the antibodies generated within the mouse blood. A panel of ethicists appointed by The World Health Organization (WHO) had recently put out a statement saying that it was ethical to use experimental drugs when dealing with dangerous outbreaks such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Two other Liberians have also received the drug; their status is unknown at this time.

Doctor Dies After Receiving Experimental Ebola Drug
Doctor Dies After Receiving Experimental Ebola Drug
(MONROVIA, Liberia) — A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. However, health experts warn these drugs and vaccines have not undergone the rigorous testing that usually takes place before they are used.

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