Second Ebola patient arrives in Atlanta for treatment
The second U.S. Ebola patient arrived in Georgia Tuesday for treatment, and U.S. health officials are still working to figure out how the two Americans were infected. There are two priorities now: trying to save the lives of the two U.S. missionaries infected with the deadly disease and use what doctors learn to see if they can develop more treatments, or even a cure.
The second Ebola patient ever in the United States is now in Atlanta: missionary Nancy Writebol landed in a specially-equipped air ambulance Tuesday morning. Writebol remains at Emory University Hospital along with the other U.S. Ebola patient, Doctor Kent Brantly. Both Writebol and Brantly were in Liberia caring for Ebola patients.
“We were thinking about possible funeral arrangements, yet we kept our faith. Now, we have a real reason to be hopeful,” said President Bruce Johnson of SIM USA.
The hospital is near the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC helped Emory design an isolation unit. Both Brantly and Writebol were given an experimental drug before they left Liberia – a drug made in San Diego.
“(Brantly) thought he was going to die at some point,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent. “He asked to be given the medication. He went from being in grave condition to being able to shower the next morning.”
According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola epidemic has infected more than 1,600 people and killed nearly 900 in West African countries. Other African countries are trying to protect their citizens.
“It’s a dangerous disease; it kills, and obviously, we have already prepared,” stated President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia.
And in the United States, people are worried now too. One man, who had traveled to West Africa, is at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Although doctors say the odds are it’s not Ebola, he remains in isolation until doctors get the test results. Some countries and companies are already reacting to the fears about Ebola: British Airways is suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until August 31st, just as a precaution.