Young Ebola Fighter

UVM has a great article up about one of their alumni who’s currently in Liberia:

Caitlin Wolfe, UVM class of 2011, has her temperature checked “about six times every day,” she tells me, speaking from Liberia, on Africa’s west coast. She’s not sick. “I feel great,” she says. But as a consulting epidemiologist for the World Health Organization — fighting the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 10,000 people in that region — she and her colleagues face a fair bit of risk. The illness has a death rate up to ninety percent. So they apply an abundance of caution.

“We check our temperatures morning and evening,” she says, plus there are monitors who scan people as they go in and out of offices and clinics in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital. I tried to video chat with Wolfe by Skype on April 6, the day before she was scheduled to return to the US, but the internet was “basically down in all of West Africa,” she said, when I finally reached her. Instead, we spoke on a scratchy, delay-ridden land-line. At night, there are “no street lights” except where people have generators, she says, “because there’s almost no electric grid.” It’s a long way from Wolfe’s childhood: riding Morgan horses in equestrian competitions in Cheshire, Ct.

Read the entire article here.