Sunday, August 2 marks the one-year anniversary of the arrival of Dr. Kent Brantly–the first Ebola virus disease (EVD) patient to be treated in the United States–at Emory University Hospital. Emory’s decision to treat the first EVD patients and the preparedness and protocols that led to their safe and successful treatment are described in Ebola Virus Disease: Experience and Decision Making for the First Patients outside of Africa in PLOS Medicine. Lead author is David S. Stephens, MD, vice president for research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) and professor and chair of the Emory University Department of Medicine.
“Countries throughout the world will continue to be affected by future communicable disease threats and outbreaks,” said Stephens. “The many challenges and the strategic and tactical lessons learned by Emory physicians, nurses, faculty, staff, and administrators in treating patients with Ebola virus disease provide us an opportunity to share information that may help others to prepare, prevent, and treat difficult emerging diseases. Our experience with Ebola virus disease as an academic health center demonstrates the importance of preparation, communications and detailed implementation.” Find out more about Ebola at Emory
• Ebola Virus Disease: Experience and Decision Making for the First Patients outside of Africa
• Ebola Timeline: An Extraordinary Year
• Emory Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
• David S. Stephens’ faculty biography
• Emory University Department of Medicine
• Emory University School of Medicine