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Hopkins Expert, No Cure, Vaccine For Ebola


WJZ-TV (CBS) Baltimore
By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The words ebola and uncontrolled is a dangerous combination. But that’s how health experts are characterizing the current outbreak in Africa.

Alex DeMetrick reports two Americans working there have become infected.

When it comes to caring for patients suffering from ebola in Africa, there are no shortcuts to staying safe.

Layers of protective gear are needed to keep from being exposed to blood and bodily fluids.

Dr. Kent Brantly and hygienist Nancy Writebol wore the gear routinely, while volunteering for the Samaritan’s Purse charity.

Both are now infected.

“It’s cumbersome and maybe hard to be 100 percent safe every minute, especially if you’re taking care of a lot of people,” said Dr. Diane Griffin, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Griffin is an expert in infectious diseases at Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She says when it comes to ebola, “there’s no cure. There’s no vaccine.”

And ebola kills 70 percent of those infected.

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