I suppose it was only a matter of time – scammers are out there trying to make a quick buck on the current Ebola outbreak and incredible fear. There is no approved Ebola treatment for patients infected with the virus, but that hasn’t stopped online dealers from offering products they claim will prevent the virus or treat people who have the infection.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that products claiming to prevent or treat Ebola virus infections are fraudulent. The FDA has received complaints about a number of such products since the outbreak began in West Africa.
The FDA statement notes: “There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, 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. 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.”
There are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments in the early stages of development, and researchers are testing the safety and effectiveness of these medicines. However, the supply of such treatments is limited. Dietary supplements cannot cure or prevent the disease.
The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids from people who show symptoms of the illness, or via contaminated devices such as needles. Ebola is not a water-borne or food-borne illness, nor does it travel through the air.