ATLANTA, GA – The Ebola virus that’s killed more than 700 people in West Africa, is in the United States, carried in by American physician Dr. Kent Brantley, infected with the virus while volunteering with Ebola patients in Liberia.
Houstonians agree there is reason for concern, but mostly there is reason to be relieved that Dr. Brantly is receiving good care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
“I believe the Centers for Disease Control and medical care in the U.S. could be an asset. We have care no other country has so I can see why they brought him here,” said Alana Smith
“There is some risk, there is a worry, anything is possible and my understanding is it doesn’t take much for it to spread,” said Melissa Zarikian.
“It’s kind of a concern of it spreading but I’m pretty sure everyones trying to contain it from not spreading,” said Willie Harris III.
Doctors tell us not to worry because Ebola is not an airborne disease and they say to think of Dr. Brantly`s arrival in terms of his humanitarian need.
“This is not a virus, it’s a patient, this is one of our neighbors, this is a parent, a child, a spouse, a sibling, this is a sick person who needs our help,” said Dr. Jay Varkey, Emory University Hospital
Dr. Brantly’s in Emory’s Infectious Disease Isolation Unit, created 12 years ago to treat doctors who get sick at the CDC. It already seems the best medicine for him. The chief of the CDC says he ‘seems to be improving.”
The second American to catch the disease in Africa, missionary Nancy Writebol, is expected in Atlanta in a few days.