Health Workers

by Aaron Walker and Bailey Wells

why we chose this

The health workers are important part to Ebola. Their to sick to take of themselves so the doctors and nurses have to care for them. This topic should have never been brought up here just a few people from other countries can get everyone sick. I think we should start checking people for diseases before they enter the country.

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The first time Dr. Steven Hatch suited up in protective gear at an Ebola treatment center, he was confronted with the weight of his decision to volunteer here. A patient, sweating and heavily soiled, had collapsed in a corridor. “Literally every surface of his body was covered in billions of particles of Ebola ,” he recalled.

The physician introducing him to the routine, Dr. Pranav shetty , said they needed to get the man back to bed, so they picked him up. Dr. Shetty focused on calming the patient, who would not live through the night. He diluted a Valium tablet in water, and cut some intravenous tubing into a crude straw for him to sip.

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The dirt road winds and dips, passes through a rubber plantation and arrives up a hill, near the grounds of an old leper colony. The latest scourge, Ebola, is under assault here in a cluster of cobalt-blue buildings operated by an American charity, international medical corps. In the newly opened treatment center, Liberian workers and volunteers from abroad identify who is infected, save those they can and try to halt the virus’s spread.

It is a place both ordinary and otherworldly. Young men who feel well enough run laps around the ward; acrid smoke wafts from a medical waste incinerator into the expansive tropical sky; doctors are unrecognizable in yellow protective suits; patients who may not have Ebola listen to a radio with those who do, separated by a fence and fresh air.

Here are the rhythms of a single day:

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The other nurses call her Mummy, and she resembles a field marshal in light brown medical scrubs, charging forward, exhorting nurses to return to duty, inspecting food for patients, doing a dance for once-infected co-workers who live — “nurse survivors,” she called them enthusiastically — and barking orders from the head-to-toe suit that protects her from her patients.

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Ebola came to Dallas on Sept. 20 with the arrival of Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew in from Monrovia, Liberia, to marry his fiancee. He was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on Sept. 28, where nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson treated him until he died Oct. 8.

Pham and Vinson showed Ebola symptoms a few days later and survived thanks to a blood transfusion from Kent Brantly. Brantly, a Fort Worth doctor who treated Ebola victims in Liberia, was the first person treated for the disease in the U.S.

Dallas County’s small staff of epidemiologists had to use insufficient information technology to track the disease, said Chung. The experts also handled logistical chores beyond their formal training. Some even purchased diapers for potential Ebola contacts with their own money.

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The Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia last year is offering a reminder that the fight against the disease has not yet been won.

“A lot of people in this country have forgotten that Ebola is not over,” Kent Brantly said Saturday at Arlington Christian Bible Fellowship Church.

About 50 people, most of them Liberian, gathered to pray for Ebola survivors and health-care workers who have risked their lives helping others in Africa.


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