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.