2 Americans With Ebola Arriving in U.S. for Treatment
A hospital in Atlanta confirmed that two patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus will be arriving in the U.S. in the coming days for treatment, marking the first time a human Ebola case will be on American soil.
Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol both have the virus and are currently in Liberia, at least for the next several days.
On Shepard Smith Reporting today, Fox News’ John Roberts spoke with Jon Scott about what will likely happen when these patients are taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
According to Roberts, they will land at an Air Force base, be moved to an isolation chamber at the hospital and then be given treatment in an isolation unit that is far superior to what level of care they could receive in Liberia. In addition, they may receive experimental antibody treatment.
Roberts said that many U.S. citizens are nervous about the deadly virus arriving on American soil, but said that the level of safety, isolation and containment the two patients are being transported in is extremely high.
Dr. Bruce Ribner, infectious disease specialist at Emory, clarified that Ebola is most analogous with viral pathogens like HIV and Hepatitis-C, which are spread by close contact with body fluids and blood.
Scott was also joined by Dr. William Schaffner, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, who thinks bringing these two patients back to America is actually a great idea.
He said these are two selfless medical workers who deserve the best treatment possible, and there will be no risk whatsoever to the general population.
"Here in the United States, we have equipment and facilities and training that are vastly better than what they have in Africa," he said.
Scott asked just what Ebola does to an infected person, and Dr. Schaffner explained it starts with influenza-like symptoms - headaches, fever, chills, loss of appetite - and spreads throughout the body, causing organs to shutdown.
Watch Scott's full discussion with Dr. Schaffner in the clip below.