Experimental Treatment Trials in Use in Latest Ebola Outbreak

Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Largest on Record in DRC

Experimental treatments are the latest development in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has had 419 confirmed and suspected cases and at least 240 deaths. The country has launched a trial to determine which of the four leading Ebola treatments is best at treating the disease.

Health workers treat a patient who is suspected of having contracted Ebola earlier this month in Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo.(Source:John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images/npr.org)

The drugs are being evaluated under a protocol WHO developed specifically for Ebola, the Monitored Emergency Use of Unregistered and Investigational Interventions. The protocol was developed to allow the medical workers to use the experimental treatments that had not yet passed clinical trials. Patient treatment will be determined by random allocation and the data collected beneficial to determining the efficacy of each drug. Treating the latest outbreak has been complicated by armed conflict in the area. Read more here.