Experimental Drugs Backfired on Ebola Surviver, Dr. Rick Sacra

Dr. Rick Sacra, who contracted Ebola while working with the relief organization SIM, is being kept in isolation at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., as a precaution, the hospital said.

“We think it is highly unlikely that he has Ebola. We suspect he has an upper respiratory tract infection, with symptoms of cough and conjunctivitis,” Dr. Robert Finberg, chair of medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center, said in a statement. Tests are expected back from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, he said.

The reason the experimental drug wasn’t ready or passed yet, was to make sure it got out the clinks and errors.

Even if Ebola isn’t back with Dr. Sacra, there is still a chance that the side effects from this drug can be very serious even life threatening..and If Ebola is back in his tests, then who else did he give it too?

Plus it means the cure is probably still far away from being available as the virus is spreading.


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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.