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.
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