A statement from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania says its agreed to be among hospitals to care for U.S. medical workers who contract Ebola while working in Africa.
“It’s a disease that the US has prepared for — it has an excellent acute-care system to treat patients,” said Dr. Robert Fowler.
Most of us know a lot more about the Ebola virus than we knew a week ago, but the CDC has been on top of this for quite some time, and the World Health Organization has been monitoring it as well.
Dr. Neil Fishman, infectious disease doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, points out that Ebola is only contagious if the infected person is experiencing active symptoms.
People here locally and around the country are growing more concerned about the spread of the virus.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the Dallas patient the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.
Human trials start this week on an ebola vaccine developed by local pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.
“This has been a rough year,” said Nora Solo at a church service in South Philadelphia. “The children died in the fire, and then Ebola is going on.”
Dr. Ronald Harty and his team are studying the molecular workings of viruses, aiming to reduce their ability to spread infection.
The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa has begun attracting attention in the U.S. for good reason.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever, but the risk of it spreading to the United States is very low.