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Two American patients stricken with Ebola will be flown from Africa to the U.S. early next week, ABC News has learned. The patients, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, will be transported one by one, sources said. There are plans to transfer one of the patients to Emory University Hospital's special facility containment unit within the next several days, hospital officials said in a statement. Officials added that it's unclear when the patient will arrive in Atlanta. "Every precaution is being taken to move the patients safely and securely, to provide critical care en route on a non-commercial aircraft, and to maintain strict isolation upon arrival in the United States," the State Department said.

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"Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases," hospital officials said. "It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country."

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Nothing to worry about folks. Your gov't has complete control of the situation. Return to your stations and remain complacent.

It's like the border crisis, except the illegals are microscopic.

#1 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-01 10:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

"GENEVA --
The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.

Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's director general, says if the outbreak continues to worsen, the consequences could be "catastrophic" in terms of lost lives and socio-economic disruption."

Atlanta is the perfect spot for festering virii to be contained.

#2 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-01 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

There isn't anything to worry about with these two patients. They'll be flown in privately and kept in isolation. Having them here getting the best treatment in the world might teach us something about how to fight this virus.

The real worry is commercial air travel.

Ebola almost got here on a passenger plane last week. American Patrick Sawyer was in Africa with a flight booked to Minneapolis when he collapsed. He died there in a hospital.

www.thedailybeast.com

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-01 01:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Andromeda Strain! Da Da Daaaa!

#4 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-08-01 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

Scary stuff.

If this virus was to ever become airborne it would be devastating to civilization as we know it. And if it mutated and then had the attributes of a virus like Rabies you would have mad crazed victims biting each other and bleeding from every orifice.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-01 06:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm not at all worried about this.

The bigger concern IMO is a person infected with Ebola getting on a plane a few short days into the 21 day incubation period bound for the US.

I also don't worry so much because I think, disturbingly I guess, the US gov would be A-OK with being draconian in confiscating bodies of victims and incinerating them as opposed to allowing traditional funeral rights to occur. Isolation procedures would also be enforced stringently, at gun point if needed, preventing the dispersal of potentially infected individuals that is reported to have occurred in Africa.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-02 04:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

See Edgar Allen Poe's wonderful short story, "The Mask Of The Red Death".

Spoiler alert: you can run, but you cant hide.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-08-02 11:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Funeral rights are a civil rite.

#8 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-08-02 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

Funeral rights are a civil rite.

Not during an epidemic they're not.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2014-08-02 12:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#8 | Posted by FlyUntied
"Funeral rights are a civil rite."

Funeral rites are a civil right.
The homophonic agenda strikes again.

#10 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-02 01:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Starboard!

#11 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-08-02 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

w.r.t.

" allowing traditional funeral rights to occur"

#6 | Posted by jpw

#12 | Posted by FlyUntied at 2014-08-02 01:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

I understand the MEDICAL MISSIONARY/DOCTOR who's infected walked into the WORLD CLASS CONTAINMENT UNITE at Emory hospital under his own power and is already doing a little better.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-02 04:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The risk reward in this situation is highly skewed to be dependent upon the beliefs of a self interested group that protects its own, not society.

The physicians should be sent to a site on a remote island without any other embedded civilization. That would prevent the world from being accidentally compromised through common interactions like airlines or mainstream logistical support failures.

Those that man this station would understand that normal rotation would last for a month or at least much beyond the incubation period and without leave. It would have state of the art communications and health facilities.

If we could only end our annual 4 billion contribution to Israel and billions to other countries, we could create such a safe house/facility for the world and to protect America.

Hopefully he and others will survive and prosper, and our government will examine risk reward instead of their own politics. It is unbelievable that they would put the country at risk for just a few people.

#14 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-02 06:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

If they where that infectious, you would think we would send them to Plum Island.

#15 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-02 06:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

#15 ...or New Jersey

#16 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-08-02 07:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ebola is incurable, although some people survive infection. Why let it off the African continent?

#17 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-02 10:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

I am glad these citizens are back, but Atalanta; its too bad one of the facilities isn't the middle of Wyoming. What am awesome doctor, talk about being on the front lines.

#18 | Posted by danv at 2014-08-02 11:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

They're here.

They in the ER.

Deal with it. ;)

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-03 02:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

It is unbelievable that they would put the country at risk for just a few people.

Absolute ignorant nonsense.

If they thought the country was at risk they wouldn't have done it.

The fact is we're not at risk from these two individuals. Hence why it was done. The problem would be when a person who doesn't know they're infected flies to the US.

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-03 03:53 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

My initial concern was the potential risk. It is still a concern as humans make mistakes and procedures are not always followed nor are they always without fault. The other side of this is what RCADE mentioned and the potential to find a cure for this through his antibodies that could only be done at a more sophisticated and controlled facility.

This is one more reason why the world needs to be proactive and develop an isolation facilities (an isolated island helps) to analyze and treat such diseases away from populated areas and without access to commercial airlines or other common carrier transportation.

#21 | Posted by Robson at 2014-08-03 10:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

The United States has not had a major 'quarantine worthy' disease incident in many decades.

But those laws are still there, still valid, and would still be effective IF allowed to function.

#22 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-08-03 12:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

I have 'concern' about flying the U.S. victims home for treatment, but in the end, I support it.

As stated, I'm a lot more worried about some sick person bringing it here by regular commercial travel.

In theory Ebola should be easy to quarantine and control. But that assumes rational behavior by both the sick and those who know the sick people.

#23 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-08-03 01:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I get on my knees and pray to god.... that they both will die quickly.

Because if they don't... every ebola infected person in Africa will be crossing our southern border looking for any miracle hospital that can help them and if none take them in - they'll get even by infecting the general population.

Many of the infected believe that USA and NGO's started this and they MUST have the cure. If these two patients survived, then it must be true...

#24 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-08-03 11:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

#24

www.youtube.com

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-03 11:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

#25

www.youtube.com

#26 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-08-03 11:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"... every ebola infected person in Africa will be crossing our southern border..."

I'm not sure if you think your southern border is with Africa or you think Africans can miracle themselves to Mexico, but it amounts to the same thing.

#27 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-08-04 12:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

There are at least 45 flights to South American countries arriving from Africa everyday. From there it's just a short hop to Mexico City and a walk across the border.

Africa is just 2 days away - so yea... Our southern border IS with Africa and most of the world.

... and so it begins....

www.mirror.co.uk

#28 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-08-04 12:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

"There are at least 45 flights to South American countries arriving from Africa everyday. From there it's just a short hop to Mexico City and a walk across the border."

Quick question: Have you ever looked at a map?

#29 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-08-04 12:32 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

... and so it begins....

No it doesn't.

She didn't have ebola.

They just used it to write a story all about ebola spreading internationally to sell papers.

They are a tabloid rag after all.

#30 | Posted by jpw at 2014-08-04 01:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

@ JPW

I've seen the internet panic people before but I've never seen scientific illiteracy in America so clearly before these two patients arrival.

Even I know there's no need to freak out.

#31 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-04 01:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

#20 | Posted by jpw
"The fact is we're not at risk from these two individuals."

If only more people realized the simple truth of this.

#32 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-04 02:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

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