Second American Ebola Patient Arrives In Atlanta
The second American missionary infected with the Ebola virus arrived at an Atlanta hospital Tuesday (Aug. 5). Nancy Writebol was flown from Liberia last night in a special plane, designed to transport only one patient at a time.
Writebol, 59, will be receiving treatment from infectious disease specialists at Emory University Hospital, near the Center for Disease Control. Kent Brantly, the first of the two American Ebola patients flown in, is being treated at Emory as well. Brantley arrived in Atlanta over the weekend. He walked into the facility, while Writebol was taken in on a stretcher by paramedics wearing biohazard suits. Her son said that she is improving but still “struggling.” She was able to walk, and ate yogurt the night before her flight.
The hospital has received hate mail for accepting the Ebola patients.
It is unknown exactly what kind of treatment Brantly and Writebol will receive at Emory. In Liberia, they were given an American-made experimental drug, not yet tested on humans. Both responded well to the treatment.
The worst outbreak of the virus in history has killed more than 800 people since February. The spread has been centered around West African countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Among the dead are a 30-year-old Ebola specialist who died last week.
An American man of Liberian descent recently died from Ebola in Nigeria, Africa’s largest populated country. Patrick Sawyer, 40, was planning a trip to the U.S. Nigerian health officials confirmed that eight workers on a plane with Sawyer were not immediately taken into isolation. A doctor who treated Sawyer has since contracted the virus. Seven health workers –who are among the 14 people that had “serious direct contact” with Sawyer, are now showing symptoms.
Sawyer’s sister died from Ebola in Liberia. Officials did not initially know that he had the deadly fever until a day after he arrived in Nigeria. It can take up to 21 days for Ebola symptoms, likes aches and vomiting, to show up.
Doctors in New York screened a man this week, believed to be showing symptoms. The unidentified patient had returned from one of the West African countries where the virus has been reported. He was immediately taken into isolation and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.
It was decided that he is more than likely ill with “a much more common condition,” according to Dr. Jeremy Boal, Mount Sania’s chief medical officer.
The CDC has said that the U.S. isn’t at risk of an Ebola outbreak.