A few days ago we reported on how Liberia’s president fired state officials who fled the country due to the Ebola outbreak and now we’ve got news about a third American Ebola patient, a doctor working in Liberia.
Until now, Ebola had only infected two Americans: Nancy Writebol and Kent Brantly. They became infected after working in medical facilities that dealt with Ebola victims in Liberia. After becoming infected, they were flown into the U.S. and put in a special isolation unit in a hospital in Atlanta. They received experimental treatment, among which a revolutionary Ebola drug called ZMapp and were released last week from the hospital. Both former Ebola patients have recovered well.
Third American Ebola Patient
Today, it was revealed that there is a third American Ebola patient. A doctor working in Liberia has become infected with the deadly virus and is now in an isolation unit in Liberia.
SIM USA has released a statement that one of its doctors, whose identity is still kept a secret, was infected with the Ebola virus while treating obstetric patients in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. The statement also revealed that as soon as the doctor started experiencing symptoms, he isolated himself. No more information about whether the doctor will be brought to the U.S. for treatment was released.
Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, said in the same statement:
My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola.
The Ebola outbreak is the largest in recorded history. Ebola has no treatment or vaccine, but efforts are being made into producing one. GlaxoSmithKline will begin human testing of an Ebola vaccine this week and the experimental drug ZMapp has been used successfully in some Ebola infection cases.
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