The decision to recall two American humanitarian workers infected with deadly Ebola virus to Atlanta for treatment has raised serious concerns among the natives across the country.
Two American humanitarian workers, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, got infected with the fatal disease in Liberia, one of the West African country where Ebola is creating havoc.
While Dr. Brantly got infected while treating patients of Ebola for Samaritan’s Purse, Writebol, receieved the infection while helping decontaminate workers at the center for SIM USA.
According to their organizations, both the health workers are in serious condition and awaiting proper treatment.
“Every precaution is being taken to move the patients safely and securely here. They will be provided with critical care en route on a noncommercial aircraft. Their proper isolation will also be strictly maintained upon arrival in the United States,” said a State Department spokeswoman, who is working on the evacuation issue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also working on the proper and safe evacuation of the infected workers.
The doctors have also not shown any sign of objection from recalling them to their home nation.
“Doctors had determined that both the victims are ‘safe to transport’,” said Bruce Ribner, a doctor for infectious-diseases.
Booth the patients are expected to be treated at where they are expected to be treated at Emory University Hospital, where Dr. Ribner is head of a special isolation unit.
Terming the decision to airlift the two to Emory as encouraging, Dr. Ribner said, “I am “cautiously optimistic” the two have a good chance of recovery once they reach Emory and that the transfer would be safe.”
“We can deliver a substantially higher level of care, a substantially higher level of support, to optimize the likelihood that those patients will survive this episode,” Dr. Ribner added.
Dr. Ribner further said that the first patient is likely to arrive here in the next few days and the second one will reach several days later.
Meanwhile, Ebola has claimed over 730 lives in West Africa.