Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Outside of this suit, no one is safe around Ebola

On October 8, 2014, Liberian visitor Thomas Eric Duncan had succumbed to the Ebola virus and passed away at the hospital in Dallas, Texas. Medical professionals involved in treating him are at risk for contracting the disease. A World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned that more Ebola cases can be expected among medical staff. This includes developed countries with modern health care systems.

Health staff at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, Spain protested over the hospital’s safety failures on Tuesday, since their protective clothing does not have level-four biological security, which is fully waterproof and includes an independent breathing apparatus. The European Commission has asked Spain to explain how Ms. Romero could have become infected. She was one of about 30 medical staff treating the missionaries. Nurse Romero had twice entered the room where priest Viejo had been treated, to be directly involved in his care and to disinfect the room after his death. She was wearing protective gear both times, including two sets of overalls, gloves and goggles. Nurse Teresa Romero contracted Ebola after treating priests Manuel Garcia Viejo and Miguel Pajares, after they were repatriated to Spain from West Africa. Both missionaries died of Ebola. One of them contracted the virus in Liberia and the other one was infected in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Kent Brantly also contracted Ebola in spite of wearing full-body protective gear.