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Fillers A memorable patient

Once there is hope, there is life

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 24 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1251
  1. Chikwe Ihekweazu, fellow of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology (EPIET) (
  1. Health Protection Agency, South West, Stroud

    In May 2004 I was part of an international team that responded to an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in South Sudan. In this outbreak the astuteness of the local medical staff and the rapid international response resulted in relatively few deaths. Public health doctors like myself were allowed contact with recovered patients, two of whom joined us in our social mobilisation and health education campaigns. One of them was a bright teenager in his final year …

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