The fact that four people who had contact with Sawyer have Ebola is worrisome because it raises the specter of transmitting the disease beyond Lagos, Hartl said. But the Nigerian ambassador to the U.S. said there have been no Ebola cases outside of the city.
Sawyer is one of three Americans known to be infected with Ebola. The other two — Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol — were flown back to the U.S. for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. And the outbreak has created some concern in the U.S.; earlier this week, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York was testing a patient for Ebola, sparking fears, only for it to turn out that the patient didn’t have it.
The Americans being treated in Atlanta were both given an untested serum for the disease, raising the obvious question of why only these two — rather than anyone in West Africa — were given the treatment. There are issues involving this serum, not the least of which is that there simply isn’t much of it available right now, but the World Health Organization says it will convene a group next week to discuss using experimental treatments to treat the outbreak.
Lenny Bernstein and Caelainn Hogan have the latest updates on the Ebola outbreak at To Your Health.