The precautionary quarantine on an American missionary in North Carolina after he came back from Ebola-stricken Liberia, where his wife contracted the viral disease, was lifted over the weekend. Afterward, he was able to visit her for the first time since she was brought back to the United States for treatment.
David Writebol’s quarantine was lifted Sunday. After this, he headed to Atlanta, where his wife, Nancy, remains in isolation at Emory University Hospital. She is one of two American missionaries confirmed to have the contagious disease who were brought back earlier this month from West Africa, which is seeing the largest Ebola outbreak in history.
Writebold said he looked through the glass in the isolation room and spotted his wife on the other side. They both placed their hands on opposite sides of the glass and cried.
“I have had the great joy to be able to look through the isolation room glass and see my beautiful wife again,” he said, according to Reuters. “We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again.”
Writebol his wife is continuing to gain strength. Both she and Dr. Kent Brantly, who also has Ebola, received an experimental drug in the hope it would help combat the virus.
Here’s more of what is going on with the Ebola outbreak else where:
- Airport screening: The World Health Organization is recommending that countries affected by the Ebola outbreak began having all passengers leaving the country screened at airports and ground crossing to help curb further spread. If a person was found to have symptoms that are consistent with the viral illness, WHO said they should not be allowed to travel unless it is part of a medical evacuation.
- Hospital break: Looting at an Ebola quarantine center in Monrovia over the weekend resulted in the escape of more than a dozen possible Ebola patients. By Monday, some had been re-hospitalized, but 17 were still at large. None were confirmed to have Ebola but were in the screening process for it, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said. While potentially infected patients might have escaped, authorities are also concerned about the theft of bloody sheets and mattresses that could carry the Ebola virus.
- Doctors struggle with morale: Working 14-hour shifts, seven days a week in a full suit to protect themselves, health workers are battling exhaustion and dehydration, in addition to working in the face of an rampant, infections disease with many patients who don’t trust them. “There was a young girl, about 6, who came in late in the illness who was bleeding from her bowels, very dehydrated and delirious,” Dr. Robert Fowler said. “She was very frightened and very reluctant to engage, and just wanted to push people away. She eventually developed this sense that this person in the suit who’s a bit scary is trying to help me.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.