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MD helped control Ebola spread.

William T. Close, MD, 84, father of actress Glenn Close, died of a heart attack on Jan. 15 at his home in Big Piney, WY. In 1976, Close, a surgeon, was personal physician to the president of Zaire and its army's chief doctor during the first epidemic of the newly discovered deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The epidemic had caused panic, and military personnel shunned the epidemic area. Close coincidentally met up with two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologists who had been sent from Atlanta to help control the virus' spread and was able to help commandeer airplanes to ferry equipment to where it was needed. His connections, organizational ability, and medical expertise were essential in halting the spread of the disease.
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Title Annotation:Global diseases; death of William T. Close
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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