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Our Own Dr. Ray Fights Ebola

One of Alameda Health System’s own, Dr. Vincent LG Ray, volunteers time in Libera to support the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the third arm of the PREVAIL (Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia) study.

ebolaDr. Ray recently wrote an email to Rene Macias, Health Services Manager at Eastmont Wellness. In it he described his research: I am treating and trying to better describe the ocular syndrome occurring in Ebola survivors here in Liberia.

Ebola, a deadly disease with an average fatality rate of around 50% has left many survivors facing a multitude of health problems.

According to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), 17,000 of 28,000 confirmed cases of Ebola survived, and of those, 80% are dealing with residual complications: such as joint pain and fatigue, among others.

“We are now noting in survivors that Ebola causes an ocular syndrome with inflammation and other ocular maladies,” wrote Dr. Ray, “We don’t really know why certain survivors suffer from this syndrome and what are the specific features are of the syndrome.  We are trying to answer these questions and many more.”

AHS would like to publicly recognize Dr. Vincent LG Ray for his incredible efforts.

“As you know, we are very proud of the work you’re doing. I know you will make a big difference in the lives of the Liberian people,” said Rene Macias in response to Dr. Ray’s email, “and we are very proud of the contribution you are making to the science of Ebola. It will surely benefit the rest of the world.”

Rene Macias, thank you for sharing this wonderful story, and Dr. Ray, if you’re reading this: Please be careful and thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

All of Alameda Health System

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