Outbreak Alert: Several Experimental Drugs To Be Tested On People In Congo

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Outbreak Alert: Several Experimental Drugs To Be Tested On People In Congo

Post  kelee877 on Wed May 30, 2018 7:34 pm

The outbreak of Ebola in Congo is beginning to look even scarier for those infected. Authorities are now saying they intend to test several more experimental drugs on human beings in the area.

Last week, SHTFPlan reported that the experimental Ebola vaccine will be used immediately as health official attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus. More than 400 people have been vaccinated with the experimental vaccine and more than 800 contacts traced in the city of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Use of the experimental vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV, will now spread to the more rural regions of Iboko and Bikoro where the majority of cases have occurred, reported CNN.


But the vaccine is still experimental, meaning it has never been tested on humans before. Of course, now, five additional experimental drugs designed to treat the Ebola virus, including ZMapp and Remdesivir, have now arrived in the country and will be trialed under strict experimental research protocols, Salama said.

This means they will have to be used as part of a clinical trial, with ethical review and informed patient consent. Officials expect to get formal approval for delivery of the potentially deadly drugs in the coming days.

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