After an accidental needle stab, a doctor's Ebola watch begins

November 3, 2014 5:51 PM

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Following call after dropped call, an evacuation plan emerged: Rubinson would travel that afternoon with a WHO driver to Freetown, Sierre Leone’s capital, where Rubinson would stay until colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta could arrange for an experimental drug to be flown out to him. He would fly back to Washington on the same plane.

The drug had never been used on a human being during an Ebola outbreak. It belonged to a small group of new therapies aimed at preventing someone who has been exposed to the virus from falling sick. None is known to work. None had passed the rigorous process of randomized clinical trials required fo...

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