Ebola-infected health worker being treated at NIH hospital now in “critical” condition

Friday, April 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Friday, April 17, 2015

The health status of the 11th U.S. patient to be treated for Ebola has worsened from serious to critical condition, according to new reports. The unnamed patient, a health worker who was admitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 13, had initially been admitted to the hospital in serious condition, only to quickly degenerate to critical status.

The identity of the patient, and whether or not it’s a male or female, has not been publicly disclosed. But reports indicate that the patient is being held in a special isolation unit similar to the one in which nurse Nina Pham of Dallas, Texas, was treated. Officials at NIH say that no other suspected or confirmed Ebola patients are currently being treated at the hospital.

The patient had reportedly traveled to Ebola-stricken areas of Africa prior to catching Ebola and was later brought back to the U.S. by charter plane for treatment at the NIH. The only information about the patient being made publicly available is the fact that he or she had been volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone before contracting the virus.

“We knew that Sierra Leone was still simmering and people were still getting infected in Sierra Leone,” stated Bobby Gborgar Joe, an educational specialist at Maryland’s Department of Human Resources, to CBS Baltimore about the developments. Joe has already lost 16 family members in Liberia to Ebola. “[B]ecause of the close proximity,” he added, “we knew that sooner or later somebody was going to show up.”

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