Steve Rucker, a registered nurse at the National Institutes of Health, broke with his lunchtime routine yesterday to roll up his sleeve for a shot filled with the biological essence of Ebola one of the worlds deadliest and goriest diseases.
Surrounded by a gaggle of doctors and scientists, Rucker stepped into medical history at 12:10 p.m., becoming the first person ever injected with an experimental vaccine designed to protect against Ebola, the disease that was highlighted in the real-life thriller The Hot Zone and which continues to take a bloody toll in Africa.
Rucker is a pioneer in a high-tech effort to beat Ebola. If the vaccine works in people as it has in monkeys, it could fell one of the worlds most horrid infectious scourges.
Originally posted by ProudAmerican
They are having a very time finding volunteers, any takers?
Originally posted by Lone_Wolf
he's brave all right. I sure wouldn't take an experimental vaccine. I hope it works.
Originally posted by surfup
Any updates...Is he doing ok...Have we gained any new knowledge from him?
Originally posted by parrhesia
It says they will be monitoring him for the next year, his immune response, etc. I wonder if they'll be comparing his tissue samples to those of ebola survivors looking for similarities.