An American doctor being treated in Atlanta for the Ebola virus released a statement that he is getting better, New York Daily News is reporting.
In a statement issued through Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity with which he had been working, Dr. Kent Brantly stated that he is slowly, but steadily, improving while being held in an isolation ward at an Atlanta-area hospital.
"I thank God for His Mercy" -Dr. Kent Brantly. Read his full statement here: http://t.co/CJ0xQjBOLc #EbolaDr. Brantly had been working as a medical missionary at a clinic outside of Monroevia, Liberia, where Ebola victims are being treated. There, he witnessed firsthand the agonizing suffering the victims and their loved ones are enduring.
— Samaritan's Purse (@SamaritansPurse) August 8, 2014
"I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror firsthand, and I can still remember every face and name."Also recovering at Emory University Hospital is Nancy Writebol, another American aid worker with the disease, according to USA Today. Both she and Dr. Brantly have both been treated with the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp.
ZMapp has shown promise in treating Ebola victims (see this Inquisitr article), but as of this post, only a few hundred doses exist, and manufacturing the drug - which is produced from tobacco leaves - takes months. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health told the New York Daily News:
"And we don't even know if it works yet. People are confused. There are claims it's a miraculous cure. We don't know. It might be dangerous. We need to balance the risk with compassion."Although Writebol and Dr. Brantly are being treated with the best possible medical care, and although Dr. Brantly is improving (as of this post, it is not clear if Writebol is recovering), their prognosis is far from certain.
The disease caused by the Ebola virus is called Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, and has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent in humans, according to the World Health Organization. It is spread by close contact with blood and other bodily fluids. Symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak is, as of this post, mostly contained to the west African nations of Liberia, Sierre Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.
The full text of Kent Brantly's statement can be read here.
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