10/06/2014 05:03 pm ET Updated Oct 06, 2014

How It Feels To Have Ebola: ‘It’s Like Your Body Doesn't Belong To You Anymore’

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Dr. Senga Omeonga, a surgeon in Liberia, thinks he knows how he got Ebola.

On July 15, Omeonga’s boss walked into his office at St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia full of worry. The hospital director told Omeonga he had shaken hands with a man who was later diagnosed with Ebola, and now he was feeling ill—the director had been vomiting, had a headache, and was running a high fever. But two days later, when the diagnostic test came back negative, that worry was banished, and Omeonga and his colleagues began caring for the director as they would a typhoid or malaria patient. “We wore gloves, but we were not very strict at all.”

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