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Aug 13, 2014 8:54 AM by Associated Press

WHO considered Ebola drug for Sierra Leone doctor

LONDON (AP) - Officials at the World Health Organization say they considered giving a doctor from Sierra Leone an experimental Ebola drug but decided against it. The drug was later given to three Westerners.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who died on July 29, caught Ebola after leading Sierra Leone's fight against it.

In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, WHO said Khan's doctors considered administering an untested drug, ZMapp, but decided against it. WHO tried to airlift Khan out of the country, but "his condition had deteriorated too much to be transported safely."

The revelation that the drug had been considered for an African doctor was first reported in The New York Times on Tuesday.

Two Americans who are still alive and a Spanish priest who died were treated with ZMapp.

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