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Reports have been made that a Cuban doctor received experimental treatment for Ebola in a hospital in Switzerland and has made a full recovery.
The disease has made more than 6.000 victims in West Africa being considered the worst outbreak in history. Doctors were dispatched from all over the globe to help natives of Sierra Leone.
There were 256 Cuban doctors and nurses sent by Cuba to West Africa to treat natives for the infamous disease Ebola. Among these doctors was Felix Baez, age 43.
Doctor Felix Baez contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, one of the countries that suffered the most during this outbreak of Ebola. He started showing symptoms of the disease on November 16 and was rushed to a hospital in Switzerland for immediate treatment. Baez was hospitalized in Geneva and received a experimental drug developed in Canada called “ZMab”. A spokesman of the hospital in which Baez was admitted stated that after receiving both ZMab and the untested flu drug Favipiravir, Baez started feeling better just two days after.
Reports show that out of 138 doctors and nurses sent to Sierra Leone that have contracted the disease, 106 have died, being the highest mortality rate among health workers sent to both Guinea and Liberia.
A government and hospital official source said that, on Friday, two more doctors died in Sierra Leone after they caught the disease.
Baez was Cuba’s first Ebola patient and the first case in Swiss hospitals with this disease. He was treated in isolation at a hospital in Geneva for 16 days. Officials at the hospital say that there was never the risk of transmitting the disease to the local population.
The CMO of Geneva state Jaques-Andre Romand said in a statement: “The total recovery of the patient, confirmed by thorough laboratory tests, now allows him to leave the country and travel with no risk of contagion.”
Some say that Cuba’s actions must be appreciated by everyone, friends and foes alike. Cuba has sent over 250 volunteers to West Africa in efforts to help the natives overcome this Ebola epidemic. The Cuban contribution to fight the worst outbreak of Ebola reported in history was criticized by international agencies for its slow response. Although Cuba has stated that they will send a total of 700 doctors and nurses to West Africa.