U.S. Launches Ebola Vaccine Trial
2 women got the inoculation, which is only being tested for safety at this point
The big challenge right now is that the affected countries don't have the resources they need. Hospitals don't have enough beds, and there aren't enough ambulances, Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for health security, said at a separate news briefing, USA Today reported.
Fukuda said basic needs aren't being met in the hardest hit countries, the newspaper reported. "Bodies are not being taken away quickly enough," he said. "People are hungry in these communities. They don't know how they are going to get food."
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said Ebola is primarily being spread in West Africa in two ways. The first way, among people caring for people with the disease, whether at home or in health-care settings and hospitals. The second way: unsafe burial practices.
Frieden said that since March the U.S. government has committed $20 million to combat the outbreak. In addition, the World Health Organization has asked for nations to commit $450 million to the fight, he said.
Meanwhile, the third American health care worker infected with Ebola is being cared for at a hospital in Liberia run by the medical missionary group he belonged to.
Dr. Richard Sacra is a 51-year-old family doctor who trained and worked in Worcester, Mass., but spent most of the past 20 years in Liberia. He was not treating Ebola patients but working in an obstetrics ward at a hospital in Liberia when he became ill, the Boston Globe reported.
It's not clear when Sacra might return to the United States for treatment.
Two other American health care professionals, Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, became infected with the Ebola virus while doing missionary medical work in Liberia. Both were flown back to the United States last month for aggressive treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and are no longer contagious.