Aug 282014
 

The Ebola virus has killed hundreds of people in West Africa. The World Health Organisation has allowed the use of drugs which have not been fully tested.
Rob and Feifei discuss the use of these new drugs on patients. Who gets the drug? Who is to blame if they feel worse? Listen to the programme.

The virus Ebola got its name after a river in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But when was it discovered? Was it in:
a) 1966
b) 1976
c) 1986

 


 
Vocabulary and definitions
experimental drug: medicine which has not been fully tested
mortality rate: proportion of people in a particular group who die
side effects: effects of a particular medicine that are not intended
consent: permission
waiver: formal document in which a person gives up rights to something
liable: legally responsible
dilemma: a situation in which a difficult choice has to

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