Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug

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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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