First Ebola patient arrives in the U.S.

The first Ebola patient arrived Saturday in the United States after traveling 3,000-miles in a specially equipped jet. Doctors in Atlanta, Georgia, say they are ready to treat the 33-year-old patient by giving him the best possible care.

“It’s really dreadful; it’s an outbreak that is really out of control”, says Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Health. 

Doctor Kent Brantly is the first of two American Ebola patients to be transported back ot the U.S. For treatment. He arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve base near Atlanta Saturday, and is bound for an Emory University medical facility for treatment.

Nancy Writebol, the second American infected, is expected to be returned to the U.S. early next week.

The two had been working in Liberia with Christian Charity Samaritan’s Purse trying to help other victims of the outbreak.

This Ebola outbreak has been called both “out of control” and “unprecedented”. So far, the outbreak has infected more than 1,300 people and killed more than 700; causing concern for many in the U.S., which has never before had a human case of the virus.

Health officials have addressed that concern saying, there’s little risk to Americans. Ebola is not an airborne or waterborne illness, but it does spread through contact with organs and bodily fluids.

“The containment capabilities are really quite safe. With the proper protective equipment and the proper capability of isolating patients, there’s essentially no risk of the kinds of outbreaks we’re seeing in western Africa,” says Fauci. 

Family members of Dr. Brantly were apparently surprised he was able to walk out of the ambulance when he arrived today.

Emory hospital has one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country.

Here at home, some San Diego doctors met during the week to talk about the deadly Ebola virus.

They say it’s very unlikely someone would carry the virus into the San Diego region, but if it happens, doctors say local hospitals are capable of treating patients and preventing the virus from spreading.

Physicians also say they are making sure health care professionals in the county know what symptoms to look for and what to do if they believe someone may have Ebola.

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