The two missionaries who spent the past three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta have begun their post-Ebola lives. Many questions, however, remain not only for them but also for the doctors at Emory.
The doctors who treated the two patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, say they discovered just how much basic medical care matters for people with Ebola.
For example, they learned that monitoring the patients’ fluid levels is key.
Two Americans left Emory University Hospital in Atlanta this week after an unprecedented treatment regime for Ebola. They became infected with the deadly disease while working in Liberia for aid organizations during a severe outbreak of the virus.
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol arrived in Atlanta three weeks ago as the first people to seek treatment for Ebola in the U.S.Both left on their own steam this week. And in his first public comments Thursday at a press conference, Brantly said it’s a miracle to be alive.
“On Wednesday, July 23, I woke up feeling under the weather,” said Brantly. “ And then my life took an unexpected turn, as I was diagnosed with Ebola virus disease.”
Emory Hospital has sent letters to nearly 700 people that may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Emory spokesman Lance Skelly says the hospital is alerting only patients that had contact with an infected employee over five months beginning last November.