Ebola: OMS enfrenta dilema ético sobre quem tratar

BBC

Two US aid workers who caught Ebola in Liberia appear to be getting better after receiving an experimental drug, officials have said. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now considering whether to make such treatments more widely available.

Reporter: Imogen Foulkes

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No one really knows if the drug given to two American aid workers really helped or whether now, back in the US, they are improving simply because they're getting the best medical care money can buy.

The World Health Organisation's discussions on whether to support further use of the experimental drug will be difficult.

Deciding against risks the accusation that a potentially life-saving treatment is available only to aid workers from wealthy countries.

Deciding in favour might, if the drug were to have major side effects, lead to charges the world's top public health body approved harmful medical experiments on some of the world's poorest people.

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improving getting better

risks does something even though something bad or dangerous could happen

accusation a claim that someone has done something bad or wrong

potentially possibly

side effects effects of a drug or medicine that are not intended and can be unpleasant

harmful causing injury

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