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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Medical workers infected by Ebola virus are infection control experts!

I'm a registered nurse who is well aware of how to implement infection control procedures. Although I've certainly never cared for a person infected with the deadly Ebola virus, I have cared for people who've had syphilis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and pneumonia to name a few infectious diseases. I don't know of any health care workers, nurses or physicians who've been infected with these infections by caring for a person who carries the vector of the illnesses. To imagine care givers who obviously use their infection control training to care for Ebola victims, but then become ill with the virus, is simply unfathomable.

Now a United Nations German medical care giver has died from Ebola he contracted while working in Liberia.

Something is obviously extremely strange about how Ebola is transmitted. Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assures the public that the Ebola virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is exhibiting symptoms of the disease, the virus is sneaking through infection control processes and protective clothing. Obviously, the virus must be a micro "nano" size viral organism to get through these barriers and to evade the infection control process. Undoubtedly, a cure for this disease must be discovered and soon. Blood plasma obtained from people who have survived the disease are being used to bolster the immune systems of some victims, but this intervention won't be a permanent cure. Eventually, the antibodies in the blood of survivors will become less effective over time.  

German hospital: UN worker dies of Ebola: The Washington Post

 October 14 at 6:04 AM

BERLIN — A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday.

The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection. It released no further details and did not answer telephone calls.

The man tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 6, prompting Liberia’s UN peacekeeping mission to place 41 staff members who had possibly been in contact with him under “close medical observation.”

He arrived in Leipzig for treatment on Oct. 9. The hospital’s chief executive, Dr. Iris Minde, said at the time that there was no risk of infection for other patients, relatives, visitors or the public.

The man was kept in a secure isolation ward specially equipped with negative pressure rooms that are hermetically sealed and can only be accessed through a number of airlocks. All air and fluids are filtered and all equipment is decontaminated after use, Minde said.

The Ebola patient was the third to be flown to Germany for treatment.

The first, a Senegalese man infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone was brought to a Hamburg hospital in late August for treatment. The man was released Oct. 3 after recovering and returned to his home country, the hospital said.

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