Courtesy of Special Pathogens Branch: It was found that a virus caused the hemorrhagic fevers. Although the main outbreaks have occurred on the continent of Africa, the Ebola Virus has been found in quarantined monkeys in the U. However, no humans were infected from these primates, which shows an important fact.
I will never know for certain when it happened, but I do remember one overnight shift, about nine days before I got sick, a woman came into the ER with her daughter. When I went to check on her, she was very sick. At one point, the daughter took her mother into the bathroom because she had diarrhea.
We needed to get her out of the ER and into our Ebola treatment unit, but her daughter was incredibly distrustful of the situation and of us. I had to counsel her extensively to reassure her that we were trying to do what was best for her mother.
To have that conversation, I took off my mask, gloves and apron. I probably held her hands or put my arm around her shoulder, as I often do. The mother died by the morning, and a postmortem test showed she did indeed have Ebola. A little more than a week later, I woke up feeling a little warm.
My temperature was I took a rapid malaria test; it was negative—not a good sign. I called our team leader, who sent physician colleagues to my home in full protective gear.
After two more negative malaria tests, I knew I would be in isolation for at least three more days. In the meantime, I grew sicker. My fever hit We all hoped it could be dengue fever. On the fourth day the team leader came to my bedroom window with news.
The first time I heard about the Ebola outbreak was at the end of Marchat a picnic for expatriates living in the area.
Someone asked if I had heard about the outbreak in Guinea. I had not, but within a couple of months I was one of only two doctors in Monrovia treating Ebola patients—and at that point we had only one survivor.
My wife Amber and I were both at the disadvantage of knowing how this illness can end. But even with the bad news, I felt strangely at peace. God blessed me with a peace that surpasses understanding.
At some point, I was told about an experimental drug called ZMapp. It had worked on monkeys but had never been tested in humans. I agreed to receive it but decided that Nancy Writebol, a medical aide I worked with, should get it first, since she was sicker. Over the next couple of days, though, my condition worsened.
The doctor decided to give me the drug too, and within an hour my body stabilized a bit. It was enough improvement for me to be safely evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Shortly after I arrived at Emory, Amber called me from a phone outside my room.
The whole world was watching you. Am I the same person I was before Ebola?
In a lot of ways, yes.Daily agenda for 34th ICPE International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management, August , Prague, Czech Republic.
Studies show that survivors of Ebola virus infection have antibodies (molecules that are made by the immune system to label invading pathogens for destruction) that can be detected in the blood up to 10 years after recovery.
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