October 21, 2017

Third American Ebola patient brought back to US “stable but seriously ill”

A third American aid worker infected with Ebola while working in Liberia was evacuated back to the United States on Friday, and the hospital treating him said he was “stable, but seriously ill.” Rick Sacra, 51, who was treating obstetrics patients at a Liberian hospital when he tested positive for the deadly virus, arrived at the Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha on Friday morning. “He was safely brought to our biocontainment unit and is currently being cared for by our medical staff,” the hospital said in a statement. “Right now, they plan to use aggressive supportive care, fluids and electrolytes. They’re also exploring options to see what experimental therapeutics are available.”

According to the hospital, Sacra is being treated in its 10-bed biocontainment unit, which is specifically designed to care for patients with highly infectious diseases, and “is staffed with infectious disease experts who have prepared for years for situations like this one.” Along with the hospital’s biocontainment unit, there are only three other similar facilities in the United States, including the unit at Emory University in Atlanta that successfully treated two other US aid workers with Ebola last month.

via Xinhua

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