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Session 103

The deadly disease Ebola may soon be treatable, following successful drug trials. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

Ebola 'is curable': 90% success in trials

Scientists say that tests in the Democratic Republic of Congo of new drugs to treat Ebola have been successful, with 90% of patients surviving the disease.

Language challenge

Which word does NOT mean 'causing death'?

a) crippling
b) deadly
c) lethal

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The story

Scientists seeking a cure for the deadly Ebola virus have found that clinical trials using a new type of treatment in the Democratic Republic of Congo have proved highly effective. An outbreak of the disease has killed at least 1800 people in the past year in the DRC.

Doctor Anthony Fauci is one of the researchers who worked with the World Health Organisation on the treatments. He said they could be ready to roll out very soon.

Key words and phrases

happening before a more important action or event

• Preliminary market research indicates the new product will be very popular.
• My team was knocked out during the preliminary stages of the tournament.

measure of the number of times or frequency something happens

• Rob steals biscuits at a rate of four per day! We're watching you, Rob!
• Due to extra policing, the crime rate is lower than ever before!

cannot be cured

• Before antibiotics were discovered, many diseases were incurable.
• I'm afraid the disease has spread too far and is now incurable. I'm sorry.

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

a) crippling


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