The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest, most severe and most complex ever recorded for the disease. With a death rate of around 55% and more than 1000 victims thus far, it has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
While specific treatments or vaccines currently do not exist, several interventions are in the earliest phases of testing. WHO released a statement on 12 August that “It is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention.“
SSHM’s Dr Annette Rid discussed some of these issues surrounding this statement on BBC News that day (watch here). Annette has also been interviewed on the same topic by BBC 5 live Drive and BBC Scotland.
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