Skip to content

Ebola coming to America? American death from Ebola hammers home worldwide threat posed by disease

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/30/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Virus sweeping through West Africa deemed the deadliest such outbreak in history

American Patrick Sawyer, who worked as a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance, had been caring for his Ebola-stricken sister in Liberia. Returning home, he collapsed and died, the first known American to have perished from the deadly virus. The incident has hit home just how vulnerable anyone is to the horrific disease.

Patrick Sawyer has become the first American to die from the deadly Ebola virus.

Patrick Sawyer has become the first American to die from the deadly Ebola virus.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/30/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Ebola, American death, West Africa, contagion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Sawyer was unaware that his sister had Ebola, his wife says. Health officials are calling the "deadliest Ebola outbreak in history." Sawyer's death has sparked concerns that the virus could potentially spread to the U.S.

Up until Sawyer's death on July 20, the Ebola outbreak had been contained to three West African countries: Guinea, where it began, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sawyer is the first known case outside of these three countries.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

The World Health Organization or WHO had confirmed more than 800 Ebola cases in the region last week. There have been many unreported infections and there may be more like 1,200 cases. Sierra Leone has been hardest hit with approximately 525 cases.

The country of Guinea has the most suspected Ebola deaths, and the epidemic has been in that country longer. It is believed the epidemic began in the nation's capital of Conakry.

While international leaders have mobilized to fight the epidemic, it can be a difficult one to stop. It is so highly infectious that it typically kills 90 percent of those who contract it. The death rate in this particular outbreak had dropped to roughly 60 percent since it has been treated early in many instances. There is, however, no Ebola vaccination.

Two American aid workers in Liberia's capital city, Monrovia, were confirmed to have the disease last week. Doctors and medical staff are particularly vulnerable to the virus because it spreads through exposure to bodily fluids from the infected. Ebola can also spread through contact with an object contaminated by an infected person's bodily fluids.

It is believed one of the local staff was infected with Ebola and came to work with the virus on Monday and Tuesday.

"We think it was in the scrub-down area where the disease was passed to both Nancy and Kent," a medical official said, noting that the staff member died on Thursday.

Both 33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary assistant Nancy Writebol are in stable conditions, according to a statement. Both patients are still exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


Comments


More Health

Are your cleaning products making you sick? Watch

Image of According to one study, regular use of cleaning supplies can be the same as smoking a pack of cigarettes per day.

Could your cleaning supplies be making you sick? A new study suggests they are, after finding that women who use household cleaning ... continue reading


Part II: The Trifecta: Depression, PTSD, and Auto-immune Conditions

Image of Depression is an unwelcome visitor.

Surely depression is an unwelcome visitor, one that can easily wreak havoc in the lives of those within its reach. However, it is not ... continue reading


Deadly Flu Season: Vaccine only 36 percent effective during worst season in years Watch

Image of Young children, who are unvaccinated, have a harder time overcoming flu symptoms.

As the deadly flu season remains far from over, controversy over whether to get the vaccine or not lingers on everyone's minds. LOS ... continue reading


Part I: QUIZ: Are You an Adult Child of Trauma?

Image of It is vitally important for people living with depression to recognize if they have experienced untreated childhood trauma.

The mind-body connection is a strong one, especially when there has been significant childhood trauma. This connection is one that often ... continue reading


Next Cancer Cure: New 'vaccine' holds promising future for curing cancers Watch

Image of If the current human trials run successfully, Levy trusts it could be used for many tumor types in humans.

Several Stanford researchers may have found a potential cure for cancer with a simple injection now being referred to as a "cancer ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.