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Updated: 5:34 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Posted: 2:12 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014
Ebola patient to be treated at Emory University Hospital
Emory Hospital in Atlanta to receive Ebola patient
Posted: Jul 31, 2014 5:42 PM EST Updated: Jul 31, 2014 6:23 PM EST
By Rodney Harris - email
ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Emory University Hospital has been told that a patient with the Ebola virus will be transferred to its hospital in Atlanta.
Emory says it has a special isolation unit to treat patients that are exposed to serious infectious diseases that is separate from other patient areas at the hospital.
Emory's isolation unit is one of only four such units in the country, according to the hospital, which also said that its staff are highly trained in the procedures necessary to care for the patient.
originally posted by: PraetorianAZ
Yeah but how long hs this person been in the US with the virus but not showing symptoms??? How many people have come in contact who could be infected right now and are infecting others and dont even know it?
Good thing im in AZ. Im locking my doors and loading my guns
originally posted by: TrueBrit
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!