Ebola Crisis: Administering Experimental Drugs Is Ethical; Religious Rituals Must Change to Stop Spread of Virus

ebola-drug-NEWS-smWith the spiraling Ebola crisis in Africa, a panel of the World Health Organization this week determined that it would be ethical to administer experimental treatments that have not been tested or approved. Some of those drugs have already been sent to Africa, but there are only small amounts immediately available. Meanwhile, faith leaders in several African nations are urging their members to change practices, including religious rituals, to help stop the spread of the virus. People are being told not to kiss dead bodies at funeral services. And churches are advising caution during Communion, healing rites and even with the distribution of holy water.