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New Ebola Outbreak May Open Door to Finding Drugs That Work (1)

June 6, 2018, 12:37 PM

As another outbreak of Ebola claims lives in central Africa, researchers are seeing within it a rare ray of hope: a chance to find a cure.

For the first time, five experimental medicines are poised to undergo a real-life clinical trial against the virus at makeshift treatment centers in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where most of the 53 new cases originated. The country’s health ministry cleared all the treatments for use as of Monday.

Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in Iyonda, Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 1.
Photographer: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of vials of drugs in development by Gilead Sciences Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and others are on their way or ...