News has come in that the 16 U.S. citizens, who were potentially exposed to the deadly Ebola virus disease and had returned home, have shown no symptoms of the disease after being kept under observation for 21 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had informed that the entire group of American medical staff possibly got exposed to the Ebola virus disease from one U.S. healthcare worker.
It has been reported that all the workers who were brought back to the U.S. work for a non-profit group called Partners in Health. The group has been helping the fight against the spread of the epidemic caused by Ebola virus disease in West Africa. One person from the group, who was exposed to Ebola virus disease was brought back earlier and was being kept under observation.
Partners in Health had later said that another group of its 10 staffers might have been infected due to exposure to the deadly Ebola virus disease. The group was reportedly trying to help their sick co-worker. The infected person has not been identified yet, but was earlier said to be in serious and critical condition. He was treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, near Washington, D.C. The healthcare worker is now better as informed by NIH, Tuesday, April 14.
The health of the medical clinician has slowly and gradually improved over three weeks. NIH further said that the individual was no longer contagious and has been fully treated. No additional details were shared by NIH at the request of the worker. The 16 U.S. citizens who were potentially exposed to the Ebola virus disease, have shown no symptoms after being kept under observation for 21 days, which have now passed.
Apart from this, another group of four medical staffers was brought back due to exposure to Ebola. They too have been kept under observation. However, it was informed that only the first patient had tested positive for symptoms of Ebola. It is still unclear how so many healthcare workers got exposed to the Ebola virus disease in such a short span of time. The spokesman for CDC, Tom Skinner had said that their agency was investigating the cause for the group’s exposure to Ebola virus disease. He had also mentioned that the agency hopes to get the answer soon and they are looking at all the circumstances that led to the exposure.
The epidemic of Ebola has infected more than 24,000 people living in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Over 10,000 people have succumbed to this disease in these countries. The patient at NIH is the 11th person to be treated in the U.S. after being infected with the Ebola virus disease. The group Partners in Health also said that it had paid for the evacuations. They did not reveal any further details about how the incident occurred or information about any of its workers. The news that 16 U.S. citizens who were possibly exposed to the Ebola virus disease, have shown no symptoms after being kept under observation for 21 days, which have now passed, comes as a huge relief.
By Ankur Sinha