Hero Ebola Doctor Kent Brantly’s Condition is Improving

According to the top U.S. health official Dr. Kent Brantly, hero doctor infected with the Ebola Virus, is improving.  Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the UDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control) was quoted as saying, “It’s encouraging that he seems to be improving – that’s really important – and we’re hoping he’ll continue to improve”.  Dr. Frieden went on to say that it was just too soon to predict whether or not Dr. Brantly’s condition would worsen or improve and whether or not he would be able to survive the Ebola virus infection.

Dr. Frieden also said the UDC will be sending fifty staff members to West Africa over the next month to give aid and try to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus and contain the outbreak.

Dr. Brantly’s wife and family want to thank everybody for their support and prayers.  They are confident he is getting the best treatment possible.  As with treating anyone infected with the Ebola Virus,  doctors will try to maintain Dr. Brantly’s blood pressure and support his breathing with a respirator if needed, or provide dialysis if he were to experience kidney failure, as some Ebola sufferers do.

Nancy Writebol, the 59 year old missionary who is the other American infected with the Ebola Virus, will be flown in to the Emory University Hospital later this week.  The medical plane transporting the Ebola victims is only equipped for one patient at a time.  We will continue to provide you with updates about Dr. Brantly, Nancy Writebol, and any updates on the Ebola Virus outbreak as information becomes available so check back often for breaking news.

 

 

Dr. Kent Brantly is First Ebola Patient to Arrive in US

There was some speculation as two which American Ebola patient would arrive first in the U.S. for Ebola treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  Those speculations were put to rest when news broke yesterday evening that the hero doctor, Kent Brantly, would be arriving first and missionary Nancy Writebol would be transferred later.

Dr. Brantly shocked everyone by being able to walk into the hospital and he is surprisingly in good enough condition to help doctors diagnose and treat his condition. He was even able to take a shower by himself.  According to family members, Kent Brantly asked to speak to his wife alone and then they had a call separated from each other by only a glass window.  Amber Brantly, Kent’s wife, said she was very optimistic about her husband’s recovery.

We will post more information about how Dr. Brantly is doing as well as new information about the transfer of Nancy Writebol when that information becomes available so be sure to check back here for updates.

Hero Dr. Infected With Ebola Performs Selfless Act

hero Ebola doctor Kent Brantly

Dr. Kent Brantly treated several Ebola Virus patients in Liberia before he discovered he was infected with the virus himself. Dr. Brantly then quarantined himself to protect others. An experimental serum was flown in to treat the virus but there was only enough serum for one person, so Dr. Brantly let the other infected American, Nancy Writebol have it. The latest news out of Liberia is that Dr. brantly has recently taken a slight turn for the worse but both Americans are considered to be in “stable, but grave condition”.

It has been reported that Dr. Brantly received blood from a 14 year old boy who was an Ebola survivor thanks to the are provided by Dr. Brantly. The boy’s family said Dr. Brantly had saved their son’s life and they wanted to do anything they could to help him in his own fight against the Ebola Virus.

According to reports earlier today, only one American at a time will be transported to the Emory University Hospital for treatment. It is currently unknown if that person will be Dr. Brantly or Nancy Writebol. There have been assumptions that the one selected first will depend on how strong they are and their comparative chance at survival. Check back here soon as we will be providing more Ebola Virus news and updates as the breaking news comes in.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to both Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol and their families as well as all of the other Ebola victims.

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Ebola Patient Coming to the United States

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia has been preparing a special isolation room for a patient with Ebola Disease who is scheduled to arrive in the next couple days.  The Hospital didn’t say if the patient is one of the two US citizens infected with Ebola in Liberia or not.

The hospital said this special isolation unit is separate from other areas of the hospital and it is equipped with special precautionary equipment and has infrastructure to keep people safe from the spread of the virus.  There are only four hospitals in the United States with this type of facility for people with infectious diseases.  Hospital workers and healthcare providers must take extra precautions and wear protective clothing, bodysuits, gloves, boots, face masks and eye protection.

Ebola Virus Pictures

Many people want to know what the Ebola Virus looks like, so here’s a microscopic view of an Ebola virus strain.

ebola virus strain

The initial symptoms of the Ebola Virus are very similar to symptoms of a common cold. But after a couple days victims can start getting more severe symptoms including skin rashes like this.

Ebola Virus rash

It is important for people to be aware and informed about the Ebola Virus outbreak and for them to know about the symptoms of the virus.

People are trying to educate others and warn them about the virus.

ebola virus warning

Ebola Virus awareness is extremely important in helping stop the spread of the virus.

ebola virus awareness

Educating people about what causes the virus and how it spreads is very important. Ebola is most commonly spread through bodily fluids and it can even spread after death.

Good hygiene and thoroughly washing your body aids in prevention of contracting the Ebola Virus.

ebola virus prevention

Here are some people being tested for the Ebola Virus.

testing for ebola virus

Catching the virus early gives people a chance at survival.

ebola virus patient

All caregivers can really do is give patients saline and fever reducing medicines while their bodies try to ward off the effects of the disease.

people with ebola virus

If the Ebola Virus is detected a quarantine usually ensues.

ebola virus quarantine

Once the later stages of the Ebola Virus start happening to a victim organ failure and hemorrhaging fever usually occur, killing the victim.

deadly ebola virus

Since the recent outbreak began there have been several cases, including one American case, where the virus was spread after the victim had died. An American who attended the funeral of someone with the virus died shortly after the funeral from Ebola virus he contracted while attending the funeral. When washing dead bodies and preparing for burial the virus can be spread.

Ebola Virus Facts

ebola virus facts

Here are some facts about the Ebola Virus and the recent outbreaks.

Ebola Virus Fact #1

The Ebola Virus was first discovered in 1976.

Ebola Virus Fact #2

The symptoms of Ebola Virus in the early stages are very similar to the common cold.

Ebola Virus Fact #3

Nobody knows the exact origin of the Ebola Virus. Conspiracy theorists think it was created in a lab either on purpose or by accident. Others believe it came from monkeys or bats.

ebola virus from bats

Ebola Virus Fact #4

The Ebola Virus is very deadly and the mortality rate for those infected with the virus is anywhere from 50% to 90% depending on the location and what kind of strain it is.

Ebola Virus Fact #5

The incubation period for the Ebola Virus is anywhere from 48 hours to 21 days.

Ebola Virus Fact #6

We are uncertain of all the ways Ebola can spread but we know the virus can spread through bodily fluids, and we know the virus can still spread after a victim has died.

Ebola Virus Fact #7

There is no cure for Ebola. All doctors and caregivers can do for Ebola victims is give them saline solutions and fever reducing medications and hope their immune systems can fight off the virus.

Those were some quick facts about Ebola.  For more in depth facts about the Ebola virus including everything you need to know click the link below.

All About the Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus Symptoms

ebola virus symptoms

The Ebola Virus is very deadly and it kills most people who become infected with it. Currently the mortality rate stands at anywhere from 60% – 90% depending on the area.

If the virus is detected early enough there is hope for survival. The important thing is to recognize the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus when they start.

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Early Stages

    • headache
    • sore throat
    • fever
    • fatigue

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Later Stages

  • chronic abdominal pain
  • muscle aches
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • skin rashes
  • bleeding from the eyes

Ebola Virus Symptoms: Final Stages

  • blood clots and hemorrhaging
  • organ failure
  • hemorrhaging fever

ebola virus symptoms

By the time Ebola victims start experiencing the onset of the symptoms of the disease they are already contagious and can spread Ebola to other people. The incubation period varies with a wide range of anywhere from two days to three weeks. If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of the Ebola Virus you should get checked out immediately. Unfortunately, many people who have died from Ebola have ignored the early symptoms since they are so similar to the symptoms of the common cold.

Ebola Virus Treatment

ebola virus treatment

Once a person is diagnosed with the Ebola Virus they need to be treated immediately. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot doctors and caregivers can do for an Ebola Virus victim.

ebola virus patients

The most important thing is to try to control the patient’s fever. Fever reducing medications are given to the patients to try to prevent hemorrhaging fever. Saline solutions are also commonly given to the Ebola patients.

When treating an Ebola Virus patient it is extremely important to be cautious and take preventative measures to keep from spreading the virus.

treating an ebola patient

Ebola most commonly spreads through bodily fluids so caregivers typically wear haz mat suits and masks to avoid contact with any bodily fluids from the patients. Quarantines are also necessary to separate the victims from people who have not contracted the virus.

ebola virus quarantine

Update:  Here is some info on Zmapp, the experimental serum recently used in Liberia to treat Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two Americans infected with the Ebola Virus.

Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014

With the recent Ebola Virus outbreak people need to know as much information as possible about the deadly Ebola Virus that causes hemorrhaging fever.

ebola virus outbreak

The most frequently asked questions are as follows:

1) What is the Ebola Virus?

2) How dangerous is the Ebola Virus?

3) Is there a vaccine for the Ebola Virus?

4) What are the signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus?

5) Is the Ebola Virus contagious?

6) What does the Ebola Virus do to the body?

7) What does the Ebola Virus look like?

8) Is there a treatment or a cure for the Ebola virus?

9) Where did the Ebola Virus come from?

10) How does the Ebola Virus spread?

This website will answer all of those questions for you and more.  We will be posting breaking Ebola news, posting pictures of the Ebola virus, and providing you with information about the outbreak and the spread of this deadly virus.  Check back here often for news and updates.