Nigeria: Ebola Experimental Drug Hopes Dashed

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Photo Credit: is reporting that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that reports of the experimental drug for treating Ebola is a pesticide and should not be used to prevent, treat or cure Ebola. Reports that nano-silver could treat or prevent the disease were widely reported, but the FDA says the claims are not true. The author writes:

“The US agency said it had received consumer complaints about the Ebola claims. ‘Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face FDA action,’ it said.

Silver has been used as antibacterial for centuries. Tiny silver particles known as nano-silver have controversially been incorporated into a variety of consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odors caused by bacteria and mold.”

Many had pinned their hopes on nano-silver curing the disease which experts fear may reach epidemic levels in Nigeria and Liberia if not cured.


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