COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man who spent nine months with Ebola patients in West Africa has been honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The announcement Friday that David A. Johnson, a medical researcher, was selected as one of the top five “Crisis Contributeors” comes amid a wave of Ebola deaths in West African countries and a recent spike in deaths from the virus.
Johnson spent nine days with Ebola victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year and returned to the United States last month.
His trip to West Africa brought him to Columbus, Ohio, and to a hospital where he treated two Ebola patients.
The city of Columbus is hosting Johnson’s hometown event, which is open to the public.
Johnson, who is also the author of a book about Ebola, received the award from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell at the White House on Friday.
“We’re celebrating this incredible man’s bravery in the face of Ebola,” Burwell said in a statement.
“His bravery and dedication to science, science, and science are inspiring and will serve as a model for others.”
Johnson was a member of the CDC’s first team of Ebola researchers in the U