An Unplanned Extraordinary Clinical Elective: Setting up an Ebola Isolation Ward in Sierra Leone
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2015.0126-0130german translation / full article
Summary: Three medical students of Witten/Herdecke University report about the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), and about experiences they made during a clinical elective in the West-African state of Sierra Leone in the summer of 2014. They aim at creating a better understanding of the disease itself as well as of its socioeconomic context. The authors analyze cause and effects of the onset of Ebola and describe which circumstances motivated them to set up an isolation-ward, which oppositions they had to overcome and how their engagement continues up to today. Based on the case history of a family they exemplify etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and the typical course of EVD. Transmission paths, pathophysiology of the disease, clinical presentation, and prognosis of EVD are described, including current epidemiological figures of the WHO.