Icy undies, bug spray: New ideas to fight Ebola

December 15, 2014 1:42 AM

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The well-prepared Ebola fighter in West Africa may soon have some new options: protective gear that zips off like a wet suit, ice-cold underwear to make life inside the sweltering suits more bearable, or lotions that go on like bug spray and kill or repel the lethal virus.

Those ideas are among the contenders to win the Ebola "Grand Challenges" contest announced in October by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), or among those being considered by the agency without having formally entered the contest.

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