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Ebola: WHO introduces 5 new drugs in Drc


(Xinhua/NAN) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced five new investigational therapeutics to treat Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following an Ebola outbreak in the country.

Authorities in DRC have since approved the use of the drugs, marking the first time such treatments have been available.

The WHO said four of the five approved drugs are currently in the country, which are Zmapp, GS-5734, REGN monoclonal antibody combination, and mAb114, under the framework of compassionate use and expanded access.

According to WHO statistics, as of Wednesday, a total of 58 EVD cases have been reported, including 27 deaths, 37 lab-confirmed, 14 probable and seven suspected cases.

Information about the extent of the outbreak remains limited and investigations are ongoing.

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