Rough Night: Two Americans Battle for Their Lives Against Ebola

Monday, July 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Maggie Fox
July 28,2014

Two Americans who got infected with Ebola virus as they were trying to save others with the disease are struggling for their lives in Liberia, one of three West African nations at the center of the biggest outbreak yet of the virus.

They may have been infected by something as simple as wiping the sweat from their eyes, says another expert who’s worked in the field fighting the outbreak.

Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, medical director for the aid group Samaritan’s Purse, and his colleague Nancy Writebol, a hygienist, have been isolated and are being treated as possible for the virus, which has no cure. There’s no specific drug that helps patients with Ebola — they get what’s called supportive care, which includes saline solution, pain relief and fever-lowering medications.

“We are working as hard as we can to save their lives, as well as the lives of the Liberian people we are treating, also,” said Melissa Strickland, a spokeswoman for North Carolina based Samaritan’s Purse. “They had a rough night.”

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