Dr. Weeks Comment: Hmmm… First treated in Nebraska and now admitted in Massachusetts. So, who did he infect while flying between these cities? Hmmm?
American ‘cured’ of Ebola back in isolation after just two weeks: Fears for doctor as he is readmitted to hospital suffering from a persistent cough and fever
- Dr Rick Sacra, 51, contracted the deadly infection while working in Liberia
- Was treated at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and released
- Is back in the UMass Memorial Medical Center with a respiratory illness
- Doctors are performing checks to make sure the infection has not returned
- However staff at the facility are confident he has not relapsed
Readmitted: Dr Rick Sacra, who contracted the deadly virus while working in Liberia has returned to hospital suffering from persistant cough and chest pains
The third US patient to be treated for Ebola on American soil has been isolated again in hospital after suffering a persistent cough and fever.
Dr Rick Sacra, 51, who contracted the deadly virus while working in Liberia was readmitted to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, two weeks after he was cleared.
He was treated at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for the infection last month and was released.
Doctors are said to be performing tests on him to make sure Ebola has not returned, however they claim he has not relapsed – also stressing that the public should not be concerned.
Medical Director Dr Phil Smith told WCVB: ‘Even though the likelihood of Dr. Sacra having a relapse of Ebola is extremely low, doctors will run tests to be 100 percent sure.
‘Because of his recent battle with the Ebola virus, his immune system is compromised. The symptoms he has are indicative of a respiratory illness and are not those of someone suffering from Ebola,’ he added.
The hospital confirmed they had a patient in isolation, adding that they had a ‘travel history to and from West Africa’, but confirmed it was not an Ebola case.
Peggy Thrappas said in a statement: ‘We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and carefully following specific plans and guidelines for the management of patients with suspected Ebola.’
At the end of September, following his release from hospital, Dr Sacra told reporters he wanted to return to the disease-ravaged areas to help fight the outbreak.