A second American has been confirmed to have Ebola in Africa
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/28/2014 (2 years ago)
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Officials in the region have confirmed that a second American has tested positive for the Ebola virus, at the same Liberian hospital where an American doctor became infected with the virus previously.
The Ebola epidemic that has been ravaging Africa since early 2014 has now infected its second America.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A vice president of Samaritan's Purse, Ken Isaacs, said that Dr. Kent Brantly-a 33-year-old medical director for the group's Ebola care cente in the Liberian capital-was stable but in very serious condition.
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"We are hopeful and prayerful," Isaacs said. He said the doctor sought treatment immediately after recognizing the symptoms of Ebola.
Isaacs also identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with a separate aid group Serving in Mission (SIM) which runs a hospital where Samaritan's Purse has an Ebola care center and is also heavily involved in fighting the ongoing epidemic. Isaacs reported that she was in stable but serious condition.
"She is showing full symptoms of the disease," he said. Writebol had been working as a hygienist, decontaminated those entering and leaving the Ebola care area at the hospital.
He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.
"It's been a shock to everyone on our team to have two of our players get pounded with the disease," said Isaacs. "Our team is frankly getting tired."
Ebola is a highly contagious virus and one of the most deadly diseases in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the African outbreak is the largest ever recorded, and has killed more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since it began earlier in 2014.
Ebola has no known cure, which has symptoms including fever and a sore throat, which quickly escalates into vomiting diarrhea, and can lead to internal bleeding and death.
The WHO says that Ebola is not contagious until a person begins to show symptoms of the disease.
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