Research Article

A case of Ebola virus infection.

BMJ 1977; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6086.541 (Published 27 August 1977) Cite this as: BMJ 1977;2:541
  1. R T Emond,
  2. B Evans,
  3. E T Bowen,
  4. G Lloyd

    Abstract

    In November 1976 an investigator at the Microbiological Research Establishment accidentally inoculated himself while processing material from patients in Africa who had been suffering from a haemorrhagic fever of unknown cause. He developed an illness closely resembling Marburg disease, and a virus was isolated from his blood that resembled Marburg virus but was distinct serologically. The course of the illness was mild and may have been modified by treatment with human interferon and convalescent serum. Convalescence was protracted; there was evidence of bone-marrow depression and virus was excreted in low titre for some weeks. Recovery was complete. Infection was contained by barrier-nursing techniques using a negative-pressure plastic isolator and infection did not spread to attendant staff or to the community.