Yesterday, we reported about a third American Ebola patient, a doctor working in Liberia and today we’ve got more news about one of the two American Ebola survivors who decided to speak publicly for the first time since being released from hospital: Nancy Writebol.
American Ebola Survivor Speaks
Nancy Writebol is one of the two Americans who have caught the deadly Ebola virus and managed to survive. The American Ebola survivor got sick while working in a clinic in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Her job was to sterilize and clean the equipment of the people who entered in contact with Ebola patients. But something went wrong and she got infected.
The American government decided to get her back home and treat her in a special isolation unit in a hospital in Atlanta. She received the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, among others and she managed to pull through. The second American Ebola victim was Kent Brantly and he was released from the hospital before Mrs. Writebol was.
The American Ebola survivor, Nancy Writebol, spoke publicly for the first time since being released from the hospital in Atlanta. She was near her husband, David Writebol, also a missionary, who had just been released from quarantine, after returning from Africa.
I don’t even know if I’m going to make it to the United States. I don’t even know if I’m going to see my dear husband again.
Ebola has killed 1,552 people and has infected around 3,000, giving the disease a 50% death rate. The most cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea. The virus spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in recorded history. There is no vaccine or cure for the deadly disease, but GlaxoSmithKline is about to start human trials for an Ebola vaccine this week.
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