Reports from National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Centre suggests admission of another American doctor which got exposed from Ebola when working for Ebola Treatment in West Africa. He is the fifth health professional in the row; who is exposed to Ebola. Three medical personnel who became infected are recovered while the fourth one is still seeking medical care in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The doctor who is unidentified was admitted at NIH in Washington D.C on Sunday after coming in contact with Ebola during his stay in Sierra Leone as a member of Ebola managing unit. The virus that has resulted in deadly epidemic has affected four nations in West Africa sending thousands of individuals to death bed.
The NIH told the press release that that the patient was admitted “out of an abundance of caution” ,further emphasized that their hospital team is trained in maintaining strict infection control and aims to combat the deadly transmissible infections like Ebola.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases protecting the patient’s confidentiality refused discussing patient details. Moreover he told that exposure to a virus does not necessarily make a patient ill, though the victims are admitted to provide best medical care if anything bad happens. He also stated that this patient poses least danger to hospital workers and public.
The third American individual Rick Sacra, a medical missionary, who contacted Ebola said in a morning news conference at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Thursday that U.S Centre for disease control and prevention has declared her virus free. He was injected with experimental Ebola vaccine and was transfused with blood from her fellow missionary Dr. Kent Brantly- the first U.S citizen to get infected with Ebola virus who survived the illness.
The officials from Nebraska hospital- the hospital where Sacra was provided the treatment are confused regarding what helped Sacra recover and survive . They are doubtful that whether the vaccine worked, the transfusion from a friend or the utmost care provided by nurses and doctors to help him fight the illness.
Also at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta both Brantly and another American medical worker, Nancy Writebol recovered completely after being treated with a test drug ZMapp.
Until now Ebola has victimized 6,500 individuals approximately out of which 3,100 have died in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone as reported by World Health Organization. This outbreak of lethal Ebola in West Africa virus is the worst epidemic ever for any disease. The CDC fears that the epidemic could involve more than 1.4 million individuals till mid-January unless serious steps are taken to fight the crisis.