3rd August 2014
The rate of Ebola infection in West Africa is accelerating.
“The outbreak in West Africa is so big at the moment that the World Health Organization issued a call on Thursday for $100 million to put several hundred people and additional equipment in the field,” said Gregory Hartl.
“The situation is grave, and we need to do something fast,” he said.
The impoverished countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia lack the necessary health care infrastructure to contain the Ebola outbreak, Hartl explained.
WHO reported a total of 122 new cases of Ebola and 57 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The organization said the Ebola case in Nigeria resulted from the patient traveling by air via Ghana.
On July 29, the National International Health Regulations focal Report for Nigeria confirmed the Ebola patient in Nigeria was symptomatic at the time of arrival, and 59 contacts, including 15 from the airport staff and 44 from the hospital, have been identified by health officials so far.
“Though only one probable case has been detected so far in Nigeria, Ebola virus infection in this country represents a significant development in the course of this outbreak,” WHO said.
While Donald Trump calls for common sense and strongly suggests that patients who have contracted Ebola be treated in the country where they contracted the disease, others have a different idea.
A statement from Emory Hospital via Business Insider, below:
Emory University Hospital has been informed that there are plans to transfer a patient with Ebola virus infection to its special facility containment unit within the next several days.
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. 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.
Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation.
TWO American missionaries who have contracted the Ebola virus are being flown from Africa to the US.
The patients, Nancy Writebol and Dr Kent Brantly, will be transported one by one, sources said.
One of the two will be transferred to Emory University Hospital’s special facility in Atlanta within the next several days, hospital officials said.
However it was unclear when they will arrive in Atlanta.
“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.”