Mayo Doctor: Some New Ebola Drugs Worth Potential Risks

Updated: 08/20/2014 7:04 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 6:52 PM
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- As of Wednesday, at least 1,350 people have died as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

According to the World Health Organization, Liberia has the highest death toll of any country.

"It is right now in a crisis state," said Rev. Paye Mondolo.

Mondolo is in the middle of the crisis, working in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia. 

"The government of Liberia is unable to control the rapid spread of the virus," said Mondolo.

According to Dr. Pritish Tosh, from Mayo Clinic, stopping the spread of Ebola starts with sanitation.

"It's going to be stopped through the same steps that have stopped it in past decade. That's improvement in community hygiene and infection control practices in the hospitals," said Tosh.

Experimental medications are arriving in West Africa. However, the drugs have not been fully researched.

"Some new drugs -- new medication, new vaccines. which appear promising," said Tosh. "Understand that there are potential risks involved. 55 percent of people who are affected in West Africa have died. So if there is a medication that is potentially useful then it would be beneficial to take those risks."

However, for Mondolo’s community, taking those risks is not an option, yet. His community is still waiting for those experimental drugs to arrive.

"It is very scary. The people are really afraid. Because people die on a daily basis, you see bodies on the street bodies in homes," said Mondolo.

Liberia, alone, accounts for at least 576 of the Ebola related deaths in West Africa.

In an effort to stop the spread of Ebola, Liberia’s president recently ordered riot police and soldiers to roadblock a group of 50,000 people in Monrovia, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the area. 

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