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Second American with Ebola Returns to U.S. for Treatment — Physician’s First Watch

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August 6, 2014

Second American with Ebola Returns to U.S. for Treatment

By Kelly Young

Edited by Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

Here is the latest news on the spread of the Ebola virus:

  • A second American infected with Ebola in Liberia has been brought to Atlanta for treatment. She and the first infected American transported to Atlanta were reportedly given an experimental treatment in Liberia.

  • Several U.S. hospitals, including Mount Sinai in New York City and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, say they have tested patients for suspected Ebola virus. The Johns Hopkins patient wound up having malaria. Mount Sinai said that it was "unlikely" that their patient had Ebola.

  • The World Health Organization's latest count puts the number of Ebola cases at 1603, with a 2-day increase of 163. Nigeria now has four cases, joining Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Reader Comments (1)

William DeMedio MD Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice

I really must question the wisdom of bringing any person into the US who is infected with a transmissible, potentially lethal virus which does not have a vaccine or treatment and can cause an epidemic. What are the people in Atlanta thinking? Are there not already laws on the books forbidding this type of activity? Why are these nations not quarantined and why should air travel continue? Have they become lax with their standards after they found smallpox and other lethal organisms in their storage bins?

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