ALERT: Ebola patient coming to Atlanta, GA. Emory University Hospital

WW~Notes:  I just watched a small snippet of news from NBC’s Brian Williams Nightly News and the death toll from ebola infected patients in Africa has reached 729 from the 670 reported yesterday.  Now – the WHO wants to bring an infected patient to the United States. Have they lost their minds?!  I would say absolutely – YES!  Here is the report released from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

This contagion is the most virulent form of infection known to mankind as far as I know, and in every infected person it is 90% lethal within 72 hours.  After a raging fever it attacks the entire body liquefying organs and the patient bleeds out of every orifice resulting in a painful, horrible death.   

Then on Wednesday it was reported that a German hospital in Hamburg will also be accepting ebola patients for treatment raising fears of a potential outbreak in Europe.  That article link is below for your convenience.

The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus

By Misty Williams

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday.

It’s unclear when exactly the patient will arrive, according to a statement from Emory. The Clifton Road hospital has a specially built isolation unit to treat patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. Set up in collaboration with the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the unit is physically separate from other patient areas and is one of only four such facilities in the country.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Ebola death toll passed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.

The CDC warned against travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The AP also said that almost half of the 57 new deaths reported by the World Health Organization occurred in Liberia, where two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas and Nancy Writebol, a North Carolina-based missionary, are also sick with Ebola. It was unknown which of the two was coming to Atlanta.

Quoting an unidentified source, CNN reported Thursday evening that a medical charter flight left Cartersville to evacuate the two Americans from Monrovia, Liberia.

Experts on the Ebola virus expressed little concern that the virus would spread to other continents. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said an outbreak in the United States was “not in the cards.”

Agence France-Presse interviewed Dr. Peter Piot, a discoverer of the virus and head of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who said there was little risk of pandemic.

“Spreading in the population here, I’m not that worried about it,” he told AFP.

“I wouldn’t be worried to sit next to someone with Ebola virus on the Tube as long as they don’t vomit on you or something,” he said, referring to London’s underground train system. “This is an infection that requires very close contact.”

Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids.


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