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U.S. government had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 5, 2014 at 9:13 a.m.

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This photo collage shows Nancy Writebol, left, with children in Liberia and Dr. Kent Brantly, right, with his wife, Amber. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa, arriving at at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Fellow aid worker Writebol arrived Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.

The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, are improving, although it's impossible to know whether the treatment is the reason or they are recovering on their own, as others who have survived Ebola have done. Brantly is being treated at a special isolation unit at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, and Writebol was expected to be flown there Tuesday in the same specially equipped plane that brought Brantly.

They were infected while working in Liberia, one of four West African nations dealing with the world's largest Ebola outbreak. On Monday, the World Health Organization said the death toll had increased from 729 to 887 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and that more than 1,600 people have been infected.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more.

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FreeSpiritMan says... August 5, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

Waiting to see how the right wing will spin this since the government was involved.

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