WHO rules use of experimental Ebola drug "Ethical"Updated: 2014-08-12 21:58:32 KST
Amid the rising death toll, the World Health Organization has authorized the use of experimental drugs in the fight against deadly Ebola virus.
The UN health agency said on Tuesday, that a panel of medical experts agreed the treatments were "ethical," citing the overwhelming circumstances of the epidemic spreading across West Africa.
But they stressed that the effectiveness and possible adverse effects of the drugs were not yet fully known.
The approval comes as a Spanish missionary, who was being treated for the disease, died in a hospital in Madrid.
If confirmed, it would mark one of the first Ebola-related deaths outside of Africa.
The latest W-H-O figures show the current outbreak has so far killed 1,13 people as health authorities race to find a possible cure or vaccine.
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