News / Africa

American Ebola Victim Returns to US

In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia.
In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia.
VOA News

An American doctor who was stricken with the Ebola virus while helping victims in Liberia has returned to the United States, becoming the first known Ebola patient on U.S. soil. 

Dr. Kent Brantly was flown from Liberia to the southern U.S. state of Georgia, on Saturday, on a specially equipped chartered medical plane. 

After arriving at a Georgia military base, he was transferred to an ambulance that become part of a convoy that traveled to Emory University Hospital, a medical facility in the city of Atlanta.

Television video from the hospital showed two people emerging from the ambulance in white, full-body protective suits and entering the facility. 

The hospital is one of only four in the U.S. that is equipped to handle such cases. Brantly will be treated in an isolation unit that is separate from the other patient areas.

Brantly and another American, Nancy Writebol, were serving as relief workers in Liberia when they became ill with Ebola, which has killed more than 700 people in West Africa since March.

Writebol will travel to the U.S. within the next few days and will be treated at the same Atlanta hospital.

Medical officials will use the same jet to transport Writebol. The small plane can hold only one person in isolation at a time.

An Atlanta doctor who is part of Brantly's treatment team says he disputes the notion that Ebola is being brought into the U.S. Dr. Jay Varkey says he views Brantly as a sick patient who needs the team's help.

Relief groups struggle

A medical relief group treating Ebola victims in West Africa says a growing number of affected areas and limited resources are making it difficult to control the epidemic, which has killed more than 700 people.

Doctors Without Borders says the situation in Liberia is "dire" because of a lack of trained personnel and resources.

The group says there have been "critical gaps" in the Ebola response in Sierra Leone and Liberia and a resurgence of new infections in Guinea.

The relief group released its assessment as the World Health Organization (WHO) and leaders of the affected countries met in Guinea Friday to finalize a $100 million emergency response plan.

WHO chief Margaret Chan said hundreds of additional health care workers will be deployed to the region. She said Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have agreed to send security forces to isolate rural areas where most cases of Ebola have been detected.

President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States is closely following the situation in West Africa ahead of a summit in the coming week in Washington for nearly 50 African leaders. He said African officials from at-risk countries will be screened for the disease before entering the United States.

The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have canceled their summit trips to Washington because of the Ebola outbreak.

Ebola is one of several deadly viral diseases identified in recent years in Africa. All are hemorrhagic fevers. Ebola virus can travel to a healthy person who is exposed to the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. Despite extensive research, no vaccine has yet been developed to protect against the Ebola virus.

Once infected, a person usually experiences extremely high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, pain throughout the body and — in the final stages — uncontrollable bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and all other body openings. Previous outbreaks have been fatal for up to 90 percent of those infected, but the mortality rate may be lower for the current epidemic as doctors have kept a number of patients alive with prompt hospital treatment.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: jef def from: germiston
August 02, 2014 4:07 PM
I hope this ebola thing not cum to our country bcoz we r busy at the OR Tambo airport busy scanning people who land from all countries n so far we got no sign of it but promise to work hard to hunt it down n stop it from entering our country !!!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid