Our medical community works tirelessly researching vaccines for terrifying diseases like Ebola.
Ebola symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure.
The Ebola virus first entered the U.S. when doctors who contracted the virus while in West Africa were brought home for treatment.
Doctor Spencer was diagnosed with the virus in late October and declared Ebola free in mid November
This timeline of Ebola is the U.S. shows how America was impacted by the deadly virus, and illustrates just how contagious and dangerous this virus is.
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola while treating patients in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly reported that he likely contracted the disease by holding patients’ hands as they were dying. Both aid workers were flown to the U.S. under carefully controlled conditions and recovered with aggressive treatment.
Dr. Richard Sacra contracted Ebola while treating patients in a Liberian maternity ward that was thought to be free of the virus. He also returned to the U.S. and recovered after receiving a blood transfusion from Dr. Brantly.
Thomas Eric Duncan arrived in Dallas from Liberia to visit family members.
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Duncan arrives at a local emergency room where he reports a fever and his recent travel from Liberia, but is discharged with antibiotics.
Duncan returns to the emergency room via ambulance and is placed in isolation. He is the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola on American soil.
Duncan dies, but not before infecting two of the nurses caring for him, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson. Showing only a trivial elevation in temperature, Vinson subsequently traveled by air from Dallas to Cleveland, Ohio (and back with the permission of the CDC). Pham and Vinson were placed in isolation and recovered after aggressive treatment.
Dr. Craig Spencer arrived in New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea with the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
Dr. Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola and placed in isolation as soon as he began to show symptoms.
Dr. Spencer is declared virus free and allowed to return home.
This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Spring 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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