Ebola has come to the U.S.
Two health care workers have been flown into Atlanta, Georgia to a specially equipped hospital that is taking every possible precaution for the safety of everyone caring for the patients.
They are both being treated with a new, experimental drug that has only been tested on animals, not humans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiated an experimental approach as there are no vaccines or approved treatments for this horrible disease. Only three doses of the serum were available and each patient was given one dose of this unproven drug.
The patients, Dr. Kent Brantlly and missionary Nancy Writebol , seem to be doing a bit better, but it is too soon to know if the serum is working. Ebola symptoms can appear to be improving but then the patient’s condition deteriorates again, so it’s hard to know.
The virus has claimed almost 900 lives so far in Africa…