Monday, 28 July 2014
US Doctor Infected With Ebola In Liberia Outbreak
A US doctor who has been in Liberia and battling the Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said.
Dr Brantly who is married with two children, has been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in Liberia after he contacted the virus.
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, says the group is committed to doing everything possible to help Dr Brantly during this time of crisis. “We ask everyone to please pray for him and his family, a statement on their website reads”.
The Ebola virus causes severe fever, muscle pains, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding which kills within days.
Ebola is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, mostly bats. It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from touching an infected person.
Patients believed to have caught the virus are mostly isolated to prevent further infection. Ebola first emerged in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is named after a river there. Sadly, Nigeria recorded its first death on Friday, in a Lagos hospital. Just sad!