French medic getting experimental Ebola treatment

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Posted: Sep 19, 2014 10:10 AM

PARIS (AP) — Authorities say a French volunteer nurse infected with the Ebola virus is receiving experimental drugs.

The nurse, who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia, was transferred to France early Friday and is being treated in the Begin hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris. She was the first person working with the aid group, also known by its French acronym MSF, infected with the virus.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement Friday that the French government has approved the use of experimental treatment. The ministry didn't say which drugs the nurse is receiving, but has approved the use of ZMapp, Favipiravir and TKM-100-802.

France's government has urged an international response to Ebola and is setting up a military hospital in Guinea to help.