Third American With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska
Sacra told his wife he thought he might have been infected by a patient with HIV who had also contracted Ebola, according to Doug Sacra.
One of the ways ELWA hospital tests patients for Ebola is by checking their temperature before they’re admitted. If they’re not running a fever, they’re treated as being free of the disease, he explained.
A fever is one of the first symptoms of Ebola infection. It’s the body’s way of beginning to mount a defense against the virus.
A patient with HIV, who has a weakened immune system, may not have been able to run a fever in response to the infection, and thus would have mistakenly been thought to be Ebola-free.
Sacra believes he may have performed a C-section on such a patient, his brother said.
Debbie Sacra said her husband would want to pass on a message to everyone reading and hearing about the spreading infection.
“The need of West Africa is desperate,” she said, reading a prepared statement. “There are resources that can be deployed to make sure all health care workers have enough gloves and gowns and boots and thermometers to protect themselves from possible Ebola exposures and to continue caring for those who need other medical care.
“Please find a practical way to meet the needs of Liberia and its neighbors in this time of suffering.”
Sacra is the third American with Ebola to be evacuated to the U.S. for treatment. The other two, Kent Brantly, MD, and Nancy Writebol, were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in August and released.