Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

September 29, 2014 4:03 PM

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Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

Ebola and fear of Ebola are spreading. Although the disease was discovered in Zaire in 1976, only small outbreaks have occurred and then subsided until this current crisis. It is now estimated by the CDC that up to 1.4 million people will have contracted Ebola by January 2015! But many more worldwide will be fearful of the spread of this disease. Even my family is worrying about planned travel to Europe and the Mediterranean, since everyone fears who else might be traveling who has been in Africa! Ebola is a global security threat.

Much of the fear of this disease centers on the lack of specific treatment for the illness. Although about 29 percent of people who get Ebola can be cured with intravenous fluids, control of symptoms and antibiotics to prevent secondary infections, 71 percent have still died, many of those without a...

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