Despite the use of some experimental Ebola treatments, "on a realistic level" the focus is containment, according to a leading microbiologist.
Professor Mark Fielder, Honorary General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, told Good Morning Britain: "It's a two pronged attack, the world is looking at treatments, the world is looking at therapies but what we are looking at on a realistic level is we're looking at infection control."
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