Ebola Infection in Third US Health Worker

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  September 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM Tropical Disease News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Ebola virus infects a third American health worker who tested positive for the virus while working with patients in West Africa, the Christian missionary group SIM said Tuesday.
 Ebola Infection in Third US Health Worker
Ebola Infection in Third US Health Worker

The group did not release the name of the doctor, but said he had been working in obstetrics at the SIM-funded ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Two Americans who also worked at ELWA, Doctor Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, were previously flown home from Liberia and successfully treated for the virus.

Unlike Brantly and Writebol, the new US victim had not been working directly with Ebola patients, and it is not yet clear how he caught the disease, which is usually fatal.

The doctor has been isolated in the hospital's dedicated Ebola unit.

"My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola," said SIM president Bruce Johnson.

"We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight."

Over the past six months the world's worst ever Ebola outbreak has killed 1,552 people in several West African countries and infected 3,062, according to the latest figures released by the WHO.

Source: AFP

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Flu Congo Fever Ebola Virus Disease Health Insurance - India 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive