Boston doctor heads to Africa to treat Ebola patients

A Boston doctor will venture into Africa's Ebola outbreak later this month to directly care for patients suffering from the deadly disease.

Ebola Africa A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. The viral haemorrhagic fever epidemic raging in Guinea is caused by several viruses which have similar symptoms -- the deadliest and most feared of which is Ebola. Photo: SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

 

A Boston doctor will reportedly venture into Africa's Ebola outbreak later this month to directly care for patients suffering from the deadly disease.

 

 

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, infection control director at Boston University's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, will go to Sierra Leone in mid-August to share her expertise, according to CBS Boston.

 

“I have a healthy amount of fear and respect but that fear is tempered by my knowledge about this pathogen and by my background and training,” Bhadelia, a Brookline resident, told the news outlet.

Boston hospitals have been trainingclinical staff to be on alert since the recent West African outbreak has sparked concern across the globe.

The nation made medical history on Saturday when an American doctor infected with Ebola was flown from Liberia to Atlanta to receive treatment. It is the first instance of Ebola in the US.

Dr. Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old father of two young children, was able to walk, with help, from an ambulance upon arrival at Emory University Hospital, where he will be treated by infectious disease specialists.

Brantly's condition was improving Sunday, according to a top US health official.

Another infected American health care worker is also expected to arrive at the Atlanta facility.

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