Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

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In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, health workers wearing protective clothing and equipment against the deadly Ebola virus sit at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300 km, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, health workers, center rear, screen people for the deadly Ebola virus before entering the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, health worker wearing protective clothing and equipment, out of fear for the deadly Ebola virus, sit at a desk at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a health worker wearing protective clothing and equipment, await patients to screen against the deadly Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a health worker carries equipment used to decontaminate clothing and equipment against the Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300 km, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, volunteers prepare basic supplies donated to the Ebola treatment center by American donors, as they fight the deadly Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a health worker wearing a protective clothing spray disinfectant against the deadly Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, an ambulance parks at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, 300 kilometers, (186 miles) from the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, health workers stand as Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, back left, arrives to deliver a speech imploring them to keep working at the health centers with government support, to combat the deadly Ebola virus that has spread through the country, including the city of Monrovia, Liberia. The World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international health emergency Friday. The growing unease in Liberia, where nearly 300 people have died from the gruesome disease, raises the specter of social unrest. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks to health workers asking that they should keep working at the health centers with government support, to combat the deadly Ebola virus that has spread through the country, including the city of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia has launched "Operation White Shield" under which soldiers are deployed in different locations and at checkpoints outside the capital to discourage residents' movements, part of Sirleaf's emergency measures to better fight the disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
In this image taken Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 a large billboard promoting the washing of hands to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Over the decades, Ebola cases have been confirmed in 10 African countries, including Congo where the disease was first reported in 1976. But until this year, Ebola had never come to West Africa. (AP Photo/Jonathan Paye-Layleh)
Workers have their temperature taken before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease's spread. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
Two Liberians greet each other with their elbows instead of shaking hands in a bar of Monrovia on September 2, 2014. International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said on September 2 the world was 'losing the battle' to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries. The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries since the start of the year -- almost 700 of them in Liberia. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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BY JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - The Liberian government says it will receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug to treat doctors in the West African country.

The U.S. government confirmed that it had put Liberian officials in touch with the maker of ZMapp, and referred additional questions to Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.

It was unclear how much of the treatment would be sent but government officials cautioned that the company had only a limited supply of the drug. The company said in a statement Monday that its supply had been exhausted.

Thus far, two Americans and a Spaniard have received the drug.

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has killed around 960 people so far.


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