Feelings are mixed on Ebola patients returning to US

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — WSOC-TV has received emails, tweets and posts on our Facebook page from people who do not agree with the decision to bring the patients battling the ebola virus from Africa to the U.S. for treatment.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol contracted the virus in Liberia while treating other Ebola patients through Samaritan’s Purse.

Chelsea wrote on WSOC’s Facebook page, “Leave them over there! What about the rest of the nation they are putting at risk! I’m sorry, and forgive me if this sounds harsh but bringing them home is not worth putting 300 million lives at risk.”

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol (Image: WSOC-TV)

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol (Image: WSOC-TV)

While Sue sent an email to Channel 9 saying, “Am I the only one who thinks transporting someone with ebola is a ridiculous and dangerous idea? Can this be stopped? Going to Atlanta to a special “isolation” unit is in no way a safe thing.”

Channel 9 took their concerns to a local expert who said people should not worry about Ebola spreading in the U.S.

“It is direct contact from bodily fluid so it’s not something that will spread in the air like wildfire,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director of the Department of Infectious Diseases. “It’s not like influenza where we worry about big crowds of people spreading it without even knowing from person to person.”

The State Department said it’s taking every precaution with the CDC to get the patients back the U.S. while keeping Americans safe.

They’re being transported on a specially equipped plane and will remain isolation while being treated.

Passaretti said being back in the U.S. will afford them a level of care that’s not available in West Africa.

“These people have put themselves in harm’s way to try to do what’s best for people that have no resources. So it certainly sounds like they are fighters and hopefully they will make it through,” she said.

STATEMENT: Medical Evacuations of Two U.S. Citizens From West Africa

The State Department, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is facilitating a medical evacuation for two U.S. citizens who have been infected by Ebola in West Africa. The safety and security of U.S. citizens is our paramount concern. 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.

These evacuations will take place over the coming days. CDC protocols and equipment are used for these kinds of medical evacuations so that they are carried out safely, thereby protecting the patient and the American public, as has been done with similar medical evacuations in the past.

Upon arriving in the United States, the patients will be taken to medical facilities with appropriate isolation and treatment capabilities.

Because of privacy considerations, we will not be able to confirm the names or other specific details of these particular cases.

For matters relating to public health precautions in the United States, we would refer to the CDC, which has the overall lead role on those issues within the U.S. Government.


  • really ?

    Maybe calling it a panic if the media likes too ! They have not saw anything like this if it gets loose !!

  • huh ?

    90 days out from mid terms HHMMMMMMMM………………………..90% kill rate !! Game changer is what the virus people call it !!

  • Legal dept ?

    I can see the shark lawyers circling the CDC, US customs, Emory Hospital, and all the senators/congressmen/president, Samaritan purse, the aircraft company who flew them into the us or anyone else who allowed this crazy idea of bring a Ebola patient to the US for no treatment (since there is no treatment or cure) as we speak waiting for the first patient here in the US to contract this virus from this Doctor and Nurse. I can also see that the pay day from the juror pool will be the biggest payout ever for medical malpractice case. .

  • Grandma talking !

    What’s hateful about being concerned – frankly, I’m more concerned about someone coming into the US without symptoms and infecting hundreds later on. There is nothing wrong with a quarantine if people are coming from the Ebola areas and there is nothing hateful about wanting to protect your family & yourself from this virus which HAS NO CURE.

  • nancy

    I understand people’s fears about not wanting the Ebola patients in the USA, however that fear is a bit naïve and irrational. This is the best thing that can be done for the safety of Americans. If these two people can be monitored and successfully cured, then there is hope, because as we speak, there may already be people infected with the virus but not showing symptoms in the country. With the all the air travel, infected people who are not yet showing symptoms may have already made their way to the USA, from Liberia, Nigeria and guinea. If these 2 people can be cured then further spread can be contained from other cases that may materialize. lets keep our hopes up.

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