Celebrated actress Glenn Close is used to the spotlight, but it turns out she's not the only on in the family who deserves accolades. Her father helped stopped the Ebola virus during in outbreak in Africa in the 1970s.
American surgeon William Taliaferro Close was the personal physician of President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire — and the chief doctor of Zaire's army — in the '60s and '70s.
In 1976, "Ebola threatened to spread across Africa like wildfire." The president of Zaire was rumoured to have fled to France with his family to avoid the deadly disease.
In Close's 2009 obituary, the New York Times described the situation:
"Medical resources were scarce at the time and under threat themselves. The missionary hospital in rural Yambuku, in the heart of the epidemic, had closed after 11 of 17 staff members died of the disease. Belgian missionary nurses who had been infected at the hospital died after they were transferred to Kinshasa, the capital. Roads were blocked. River traffic andRead More »from Glenn Close’s dad stopped the Ebola virus