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Fraudulent Ebola treatments sold online

By Tim Sandle     Aug 18, 2014 in Health
Bethesda - The U.S. FDA is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. It seems that there are a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. As Digital Journal has reported, there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development. However, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited.
The FDA has issued an alert to consumers that there are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet. By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease. Some U.S. citizens, concerned about Ebola reaching U.S. territories, have been buying inappropriate medications sold by unscrupulous companies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public.
The FDA has warned individuals promoting unapproved and fraudulent products that they face potential FDA action. FDA has asked consumers who have seen fraudulent products or false claims are encouraged to report them to the FDA.
Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms of the virus can appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure, but is most commonly seen on days eight to10. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus. People who do not show symptoms are not contagious.
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