The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is easily the most complicated and widespread outbreak since its first appearance in 1976. The virus has spread throughout West Africa. Two U.S. citizens in the area had to be transported back into the country after contracting the disease. Currently there is no vaccine available, though a biopharmaceutical company, Mapp Biopharmaceuticals Inc. is currently in the middle of developing an agent that is composed of 3 humanized monoclonal antibodies. Though the agent was identified as a drug candidate in January, and even though it has yet to be tested in humans, both of the U.S. citizens who contracted the disease have been given the experimental agent. What roles do you think pharmacists play in containing and preventing the spread of infectious diseases?
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