EBOLA NEWS BBC LEARNING 6 minutes news

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The Ebola outbreak.
Scientists are trying to develop a vaccine against Ebola

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.

This week’s question:

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 or

c) 1986

Vocabulary
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 be made

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