26-Mar-15 9:00 AM  CST

10 Americans Who May Have Been Exposed to Ebola Are Flown to US

Just when the news about the Ebola vaccine seems to be improving news comes out proving the crisis is far from over. Just this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that 10 Americans working in Sierra Leone may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The CDC states that the individuals will be taken to either the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore or Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The individuals, who will be monitored according to the CDC’s 21-day precautionary guidelines, are not currently exhibiting any symptoms of Ebola.

It is unclear how the 10 patients may have been exposed to the virus, but Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to have answers soon as they have already dispatched an investigational team to Sierra Leone. As of March 2015 the Ebola virus has claimed more than 10,000 lives, a large number of those coming in the West African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

This latest news about the Ebola virus comes after a medical worker with the American Charity Partners in Health became ill with the virus and was flown back to the United States for treatment last week. The 10 Americans possibly infected with the virus were also part of the American Charity Partners in Health organization. The medical worker flown back to the United States last week had tested negative for the virus twice before eventually before being positively diagnosed with the disease.

 

Resources:

 

Fink, S., (2015), “Americans Evacuated from Sierra Leone After Possible Ebola Contact”, The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/world/africa/possible-ebola-exposure-sends-10-aid-workers-back-to-us.html?_r=0, retrieved, 14. March 2015

 

Reuters, (2015), “At Least 10 Americans Flown to US After Possible Ebola Exposure”, http://news.yahoo.com/least-10-people-flown-u-possible-ebola-exposure-195234152.html, retrieved, 14. March 2015


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