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GIBSON OPINION: EBOLA PATIENTS COME HOME. WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Two Ebola infected Americans are being medivac’d out of Africa, back to the United States. They will be the first ebola cases in America.
The two Americans are Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a nurse.
Ebola is about as scary a disease as one can imagine. It is a highly contagious disease for which there is no known cure or vaccine. Mortality rates run between 50% and 90%. To be diagnosed with the disease is tantamount to a death sentence. There are some survivors, but not enough to give anyone who has contracted Ebola much hope.
Ebola also has a hair raising tendency to escape confinement. We are now in the midst of the biggest outbreak in history. The two Americans who went to West Africa to help people there took all the precautions known to science, but nonetheless, they got it.
Now they’re being brought back from West Africa to the United States. Before their arrival home there has never been an Ebola case in America. Of course, empathy for these two individuals dictates we do the best we can for them. They are Americans. This is their home. They shouldn’t be left to die in the primitive conditions of West Africa when the best medical care in the world is available.
The CDC is overseeing this operation and we are assured that the two patients will be completely isolated and there is near zero chance the catastrophic virus can escape the containment measures that are being taken at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
Or so say the medical experts. I must say their testimony on the solid, fool proof, guaranteed Ebola lock-up a little too quietly, too timidly and not with the conviction I’d like to see.
Pardon me for being hyper paranoid, but Ebola has outfoxed every medical containment plan devised.
I don’t want to be heartless toward these two unfortunate but heroic medical workers. Of course, they deserve American medical expertise.
But so do the rest of us. The most important consideration at this point is for the medical establishment to make certain the Ebola virus stays bottled up.
A breakout must be prevented. At all costs.