WHO approves untested experimental drugs to fight Ebola
(ANSA) - Rome, August 12 - On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave the green light for use of experimental drugs to treat the Ebola virus. The announcement came following a meeting of international medical ethics experts, hosted by WHO. "Given the particular circumstances of this epidemic, and as long as certain conditions are met, the panel reached the consensus that it is ethical to offer untested interventions whose efficacy and collateral effects are unknown, as a potential treatment or for prevention", the WHO statement said. The first European death from Ebola came on Wednesday, when Miguel Pajares, the 75-year-old Catholic missionary from Spain who was infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia and evacuated to Madrid last Thursday, died in La Paz-Carlos III hospital. Pajares contracted the virus while working in Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia, and is the fourth member of that hospital's personnel over the past ten days to have died from the virus. A nun that worked with Pajares also returned to Madrid but tested negative for the virus. The WHO said Tuesday that 1,013 people have died from the disease which has struck in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.