On the morning of February 8, 2017, doctors from Columbia University’s St. Mary’s Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh’s University of Pennsylvania Medical Center came to Dr. David Ehrlich’s office.
Ehrlich was a gastroenterologist and a resident in the St. Michael’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, and he was in charge of a study that had been scheduled to look at whether or not the virus in the virus was capable of causing ovarian cancer.
He had been in the hospital for about two months, and the infection had been going on for two years.
EHRLICH: The last thing I’d say is that the virus has gone away, because it is still there.
And so we need to make sure that we’re able to get it to go away.
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This was the first time Ehrliche had ever seen an infected patient.
He was relieved when he saw the results.
ELLIS LOPEZ, OBGYN, Columbia University: This is the first person that we’ve ever seen who has an ovary that’s been infected, and it’s a woman.
It’s a normal ovarian cyst.
[Pause] EHRLOCH: So we’re going to try to kill this virus with a drug that we don’t know what it is, or we don