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FDA: Beware of Ebola scams

FDA: Beware of Ebola scams
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Whenever there's a crisis going on, there will be people out there trying to use it to their advantage, and the current Ebola outbreak is no different. It's sad but true. I've already warned you about the misleading Ebola e-books for sale on Amazon. Now, the FDA is telling us all to watch out for fake medicines that claim to cure the virus.

One of the things that makes Ebola so scary is the fact there's no FDA-approved drug to cure it yet. Even so, there's a few companies out there claiming to possess magical cures. But, don't fall for a gimmick. The FDA says they're full of baloney.

The FDA says it has issued warnings to three different companies within the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola.

This isn't the first time companies have tried to take advantage of a bad situation by capitalizing on public fear. Remember the hysteria surrounding the anthrax attacks in 2001?

During a three-month span, the [Federal Trade] commission sent more than 120 warning letters to marketers selling anthrax home testing and treatment kits.

One of the companies trying to peddle its snake oil is from New Jersey, and the other two are from Utah. The New Jersey company claimed to have a drug that "would inactivate the Ebola virus, immediately." The company, Natural Solutions, has also lost its non-profit status.

Remember, there's no FDA-approved cure out there for Ebola right now. So, any company trying to sell one to you isn't approved to do so.

The sad truth is there are people out there who will take any chance to make a quick buck, whether it's the Ebola outbreak or an anthrax scare.

If you think you or someone you know has been exposed to Ebola, the best thing you can do is look for symptoms and go to the hospital if you're feeling ill. Click here to read a list of symptoms and other Ebola information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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