Infected doctor arrives at Atlanta isolation unit, Ebola now on U.S. soil

By Shepard Ambellas

Americans question why Ebola was allowed to enter U.S.

(Photo credit: Brett Weinstein/Flickr)
CDC Atlanta (Photo credit: Brett Weinstein/Flickr)

ATLANTA, Ga. (INTELLIHUB) — A first in U.S. history, the deadly Ebola virus has now been brought on to American soil via an infected doctor who has been working as a health missionary in West Africa for some time.

According to reports, Dr. Kent Brantly is now being treated at a special isolation unit designed for severe infectious diseases at Emory University Hospital, after being flown into the U.S. on a special aircraft equipped with an isolation pod. Nancy Writebol, a second infected American, is also expected to arrive at the facility in the next few days.

However, all of this has caused deep concern amongst some Americans as they question why such a deadly disease would be allowed to be brought across our country’s borders.

On Friday night’s episode of Coast To Coast AM with Geoarge Noory, open phones prompted a few individuals to call, voicing their concerns. In fact, one caller even questioned what would happen if the transport plane carrying one of the infected was shot down by terrorists over U.S. airspace, further fueling the wondering minds of several million listeners.

However, despite the general public’s concern, the CDC plans to push forward with its operations inside the U.S. as they feel confident the patients pose no risk to the American populace.

Natalie DiBlasio, reporting for USA Today wrote:

“We have an inordinate amount of safety involved … no one is in any way at risk,” said Emory University’s Bruce Ribner, who will oversee the isolation unit. “You need to appreciate Ebola is not spread by some magic mechanism.”

The hospital is located just down the hill from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is one of only four sites in the country capable of handling high-risk patients.

Steve Norder reporting for Reuters wrote:

Brantly is a 33-year-old father of two young children. Writebol is a 59-year-old mother of two.

CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said this week that the agency was not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States previously. But five people in the past decade have entered the country with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, hemorrhagic fevers that are similar to Ebola.

The two Americans will be treated primarily by a team of four infectious disease physicians. The patients will be able to see loved ones through a plate-glass window and speak to them by phone or intercom.

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shepard bio photoShepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.

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