Danbury Doctor And Global Health Advocate Fights Ebola, Zika Virus

Dr. Sadigh's Tropical Medicine course with Ugandan colleagues, chief resident Dr. George, and Russian and international participants.
Dr. Sadigh’s Tropical Medicine course with Ugandan colleagues, chief resident Dr. George, and Russian and international participants.

Dr. Majid Sadigh was suited up like an astronaut and all you could see were his eyes. This was 2014, when he was in Liberia, West Africa, fighting the deadly Ebola epidemic, covered from head to toe in a protective Tyvek suit, hood and goggles.

Ebola is a highly contagious disease that, in average cases, has a 50 percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization. The disease is transmitted human to human through contact with bodily fluids, as well as surfaces, such as bedding and clothing, that have come in contact with infected bodily fluids.

Sadigh, an infectious disease expert, was among the doctors who went to Africa to help during the worst of the Ebola epidemic, during which health care providers were infected. Still, he spent seven weeks there trying to help, just as he has during other health crises around the world. He is director of the Global Health Program at Danbury Hospital as well as an associate professor and director of global health at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.