Ebola tests can show false negatives, doctors shocked to learn

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Initially, when surgeon Martin Salia’s Ebola test came back negative, he and his friends were elated. As noted by The Washington Post, they all sort of celebrated a bit, and relaxed, removing their protective gear and crying with him.

But his symptoms would not go away, and when they lasted another week, Salia was tested once again, on Nov. 10. And this time, the test came back positive, “sending the Sierra Leonean doctor with ties to Maryland on a desperate, belated quest for treatment and forcing the colleagues who had embraced him into quarantine,” the Post reported.

Now, Salia has died while being treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, an institution that has treated other Ebola patients. And his family is wondering if the results would have been better had the first test come back positive and he had received more timely treatment.

“We were celebrating. If the test says you are Ebola-free, we assume you are Ebola-free,” Komba Songu M’Briwa, who took care of Salia at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown, told the paper. “Then everything fell apart.”

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