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US considering experimental treatment for Texas Ebola case

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed over 3,000 lives in West Africa. Credit: DPA

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with Ebola, a health official said.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.


First case of Ebola diagnosed in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement yesterday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.

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