posted on Jul, 31 2014 @ 05:41 PM
a reply to: PraetorianAZ
Calm down for a second and realise what the article actually said.
The patient is an aid worker from west Africa, who by the sounds of the article, is being transferred from that location to the Emory hospital. It
did not say that an American person, or person holidaying in the US of A has contracted the disease.
All that will happen here, is a bio containment protocol enabled flight, will land in the USA, at which point representatives of the hospital, as
well as CDC crew, will transport the patient to the hospital, probably via helicopter (at least, that's how I would roll on this, to minimise the
potential for an RTA and subsequent potential exposure risks commensurate with emergency medical care given by EMT).
The hospital itself has a bio secure location within it, as the article makes clear, one of only a few in the entire United States. These places
employ people who are trained to deal with things like this, and the potential risk of exposure for the doctors and the staff at the hospital, is many
times smaller than the risk posed to aid workers and doctors out in the field, in west Africa at the moment. The reason for this is simple. In Africa
right now, the situation is so grave, and people are in such a bad way, and in such remote areas, far from modern medicine, that more risk is
necessary in order to save lives.
In the USA however, the methods and equipment available to treat highly infectious disease, are many hundreds of times better, and there are already
protocols in place to contain any contagion. Personally, I would be a lot less worried about this transfer, and more worried about anyone who might
have gotten back from there recently who has not been to have a check up!