Wednesday, September 17, 2014   

More care urged in suspected Ebola cases
(08-11 14:45)

An infectious disease expert has called for improvement in the way medical staff handle suspected Ebola cases in Hong Kong.
Hospital workers were seen wearing flimsy protective gear and no eye protection when handling a suspected Ebola patient on Sunday.
The 32-year-old man from Nigeria tested negative for the deadly virus but was allowed to walk freely inside a hospital before the tests were carried out.
Ho Pak-leung from the University of Hong Kong said medical staff need to put on face shields or goggles, in addition to wearing protective gown.
"Without face protection if the patient throws up in front of you, your eyes and nose would be heavily smeared with vomit, so this is one area we should improve," he said.
Ho made the comment as the World Health Organization holds a meeting of medical ethics specialists later Monday, to explore the use of new, experimental treatments for the Ebola virus.
There's currently no known cure for Ebola, and no vaccine, but when two American aid workers infected with the disease were given doses of an experimental treatment, as yet untested on humans, their condition apparently improved. --RTHK   
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