Ebola claims another life in the US
The latest U.S.-based doctor who became infected with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Sierra Leone has died, a medical director confirmed on Nov. 17. He was the third patient treated for Ebola at the Nebraska Medical Center’s biocontainment unit and the 10th patient with Ebola to be treated on American soil.
“We weren’t able to get him through this,” the University of Nebraska’s Division Chief Dr. Daniel Johnson said at a press conference. “We really, really gave it everything we could.”
Hospital officials reported that “every advanced technique” was used to try and save Salia’s life, but they were unsuccessful. The hospital tried several Ebola treatments in the 36 hours where they were treating the doctor, using an unapproved but anecdotally successful drug, Zmapp, and a plasma donation from an unknown Ebola survivor.
The previous U.S. patient diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer, was declared free of the virus on Nov. 11. He had been working with Doctors Without Borders to treat those infected with the disease in Guinea, a West African country particularly hard hit by the epidemic. Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to New York City.
The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola case diagnosed on American soil, alleges that he wasn’t well cared for after being initially misdiagnosed and sent home, and that he didn’t receive the most advanced treatment available. They settled out of court against the hospital.
Nurses Amber Vinson and Nina Pham, both of whom tested positive for Ebola after treating Duncan, successfully recovered from their infections and were deemed virus-free.