First a few words about the disease.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare but highly fatal illness which may afflict humans. As suggested by its name, this disease is caused by the Ebola virus, a member of the family Filoviridae, and was first discovered in 1976 during 2 simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan and Yambuku, Congo. Formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, this disease causes severe external and internal bleeding in its victim which may lead to eventual death in 90% among the confirmed cases.
Once again I sat in the principal’s office. But not for disciplinary reasons, at least not this time. This time I was interviewing for a job. And in a parochial school of all places, Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows High School. If Sister Constance, my elementary school principal, could see me now, surely she would see the irony and exclaim, “God does indeed work in mysterious ways.”
“Lucky, you need to get ready!” His wife Peg had opened the kitchen window, but her voice would have carried anyway over the tiny yard.
“Ready for what?” he muttered. Not another doctor’s appointment. He hated the endless waiting, leafing through magazines chock-full of photos of stuff he couldn’t eat anymore. Or maybe another test was scheduled for him—some gal making him take a leak in a Dixie cup.
They let the vehicles into the site just after 6:00 a.m. The sun had risen and there was a warm breeze—perfect for the car boot sale. The traders, guided by stewards, quickly parked their cars and vans around the Yorkshire field. A crowd of buyers waited expectantly for the gates to open to them.