New developments in deadly Ebola outbreak
Ebola virus worries Monday night in New York City: doctors are testing a man for the deadly disease at Mount Sinai Hospital. They say they won’t know if the patient actually has Ebola until at least Tuesday. The patient came to Mount Sinai Monday morning with a high fever and a stomach illness – most concerning it that he had recently visited West Africa. He is now in isolation and undergoing screenings to determine his symptoms.
Meantime, the first patient to be treated for Ebola on U.S. soil is improving in an Atlanta hospital Monday morning. The second American suffering from Ebola is expected to arrive in Atlanta Tuesday. Missionaries Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly contracted the virus in Liberia. The specially-equipped plane that’s going to get Writebol is the same that brought Brantly to Atlanta Saturday. Incredibly, he was seen on video walking by himself into Emory University Hospital.
Both patients received an experimental serum in Liberia called Zmapp; one doctor described their turn-around after taking the top-secret medication as “miraculous”. The serum hadn’t even been tested on humans, and medical experts say much more testing is needed.
“As we all know in medicine, when we have – as they say – an n1, or a single individual that had that experience, you note it, and you hope that’s the way it has worked. But you’ve got to withhold judgement as to whether that was completely related to the antibody,” stated Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health.
Brantly’s wife tells the charity he works for that he’s in good spirits and he thanked everyone for their prayers. Supporters in several states held services for Brantly and Writebol.
“I think today was a very uplifting and positive worship service, where earlier in the week, I was expecting a sad one,” said Elder Kent Smith of the Southside Church of Christ.
Authorities in Nigeria have announced a second case of Ebola in that nation. It is Africa’s most populous country and an alarming setback, as the total death toll from the disease in West Africa is now at 887.