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Posted on 08/02/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT by mojito
An American doctor stricken by Ebola in West Africa arrived home for treatment in Atlanta on Saturday, and U.S. government officials are urging the public to remain confident in the health-care systems ability to keep the deadly disease isolated.
A charity organization, Samaritans Purse, said two Americans in serious condition with the disease were being evacuated: Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth doctor who had been treating Ebola victims in Liberia, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary from Charlotte.
Brantly and Writebol have been hospitalized in serious condition in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Brantly was brought back to the United States first, in a specially equipped air ambulance aircraft that landed Saturday at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, in the northwest Atlanta suburbs, according to news reports.
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Our government is in charge.
What could go wrong?
Should have sent him to Gitmo!
Doesn’t seem to be a popular opinion around here, but I think bringing them back for treatment is exactly the right thing to do. That’s assuming they can receive treatment here that’s superior to that in Africa.
We should never abandon our own for convenience, or even for safety. No more Benghazis!
Which is not to say that the government won’t screw it up.
With all of the incompetents and “rogues” we’ve got working for the Federal government right now, I don’t think it’s going to be long before we hear a loud, OOPS! “Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy”.
I support Samaritan’s Purse but am very unsure if wisdom is being followed in allowing other Ebola-patient-treating Purse doctors to return on commercial airflights to the USA without first undergoing lengthy quarantining in Africa.
Hear, hear. I was wondering what would be a good alternative to give these good Christian healers the best medical care that they deserve.
God Bless them and all that attend to them, and please Lord keep us all safe from this disease.
So if the doctor was doing all the right things to protect himself how did he get it?
Gitmo doesn’t seem like such a bad idea - however if it’s transmitted regardless of hazmat gear then even being in Gitmo wouldn’t ensure safety - unless everyone who went there never left.
How tough are those booties look like they are going though gravel
I was really surprised he walked in.
Considering we have a covert Islamic enemy agent posing as our POTUS, this stinks as yet another one of his side scams.
I had the same thought.
Your tagline contradicts your statement. Curious to know your opinion of unicorns.
Or is there some test for being infected with the virus? Not everybody who catches it gets sick, let alone dies.
Ben Casey and Kildare.
Nobody else has suggested this. I think Gitmo would have been the perfect place for the Ebola patients. OR....use Gitmo to ship off these sickly illegal alien invaders.
Sanitation and other relevant overall conditions in African hospitals are not even vaguely similar to those in US hospitals.
Individual attention to PPE can only do so much.
They knew the risks and went there of their own accord. I have no sympathies for them and bringing them here is a very bad precedence. Presumably these two goody two shoes ostensibly were well versed in containment procedures, yet they became infected, so it is only a matter of time.
Ebola probably isn’t an issue for everyday people in Western countries, but there are certain demographics, namely queers and recreational drug users, whose weakened immune systems undoubtedly make them highly susceptible.
I’m actually waaaay more concerned about the 30 some-odd Peace Corps volunteers who are coming home from Liberia ASAP.
There are two of them who are currently quarantined there because they attended a woman who subsequently died of Ebola. They have not so far shown signs of disease. The rest of the crew are due to arive stateside any day now. They have been screened in-country by medical officers who work with Peace Corps, and have been OK’d to travel, but who knows if they are currently incubating the virus???
From the sounds of it, Liberia is a crime-ridden, pestilent hellhole.
Moral imperatives exist and should normally be implemented, even at considerable risk.
A contradiction would be if I insisted there was no risk, which I'm not doing at all.
BHO & Co. will find a way to create yet another unnecessary crisis for his own enjoyment.
Simply not worth the risk especially when all the best equipment to treat them could have just as easily be sent there.
I guess we’ll know how this turns out in a couple of weeks.
You mean selfish. If the infected guys chose to remain in Africa to avoid any chance of infecting fellow Americans, that would be selfless.
If we abandon them to their fate because we're (not unreasonably) frightened, that's selfish.
What are these two nut cases doing in Ebola territory? He was there as a doctor trying to help. He accomplished nothing because now he has it and 99% chance will die from it while performing as a human Guinea pig for CDC ghouls
However, I think that while we should not abandon our own, we also should be loathe to putting undue risk of a lethal, communicable, incurable disease to our own as well. And we are faced with a government and a media that has already shown us they cannot be trusted!
Whether the clowns want to admit it or not, they have just imported Ebola to North America from Africa. It’s here and it’s here to stay. A lot of people are going to die.
That doesn't seem to be the case. I am unaware of any evidence at all that Ebola hits mainly or even preferentially the immune-compromised. Being IC doesn't help, of course, but it doesn't seem our immune system, no matter how healthy, is much use against this virus.
He was there serving the people there before the Ebola outbreak. Just so you know.
Yet look what that 2% of the country did with AIDS which takes an intentional effort to spread.
There is no Ebola treatment. Only palliative measures to make dying easier. Millions will be squandered on two nutty “missionaries” who put themselves in harms way, who are going to expire soon.
Great to be a missionary but do it somewhere else
A hospital ship would seem to have advantages for such treatment, but I don’t know enough about how they work to know.
There's nothing covert about his muslim terrorist leanings.
340 Peace Corps volunteers from Ebola stricken countries in West Africa are returning to U.S. soil!!!!!
Do I trust the CDC to follow them for the requisite time it takes to tell if they have the virus or not???
No. Much better to demonize a Christian doctor from Samaritan’s Purse.
Have they potentially exposed others to undiagnosed, self-reported illness??? Who knows.
We are not abandoning them. They made the choice on their own free will to go. They should be selfless and stay put rather than endanger more lives with an incurable virus.
I agree with you. We may also be able to learn something from their cases, which would be impossible under African conditions.
One of them (the woman volunteer) received the experimental serum, and the other (the doctor) did not. So, allowing for gender differences, that might give a clue about what is effective and what is not.
When the pandemic spreads across America, the anti-CHRIST in the white hut will laugh and say "never let a crisis go to waste".
I had Rush's program on for a little while yesterday. He mentioned the possible theory that Obama might believe it's unfair for Africa to suffer through Ebola while America goes unaffected.
Check out the story linked in this thread. It’s by Preston who is mentioned in this wapo piece. If what he writes is accurate I think bringing this man to the US was a grave error.
I think that stuff is made of tyvec.
I was wondering about that.
It would seem to me that maintaining a strong immune system would reduce our risk, at least to some degree. But from what I’ve seen nobody has even tried to address that.
Incorrect. "Palliative" treatments are likely to significantly increase the chance of survival. We don't know because past victims were almost all treated in locations where truly modern care was unavailable.
Finding out whether treatment can be even partially effective is a plus to this scenario.
For example, prior to the 2001 anthrax attacks we believed those infected died at about the rates for Ebola. We now know that antibiotic treatments, if started in time, are quite effective.
Another example. Until fairly recetly it was believed that rabies was by definition fatal. In the last 10 years or so, several people have survived, due to effective supportive care, not specific treatments, which still don't exist.
I hope they quarantine the Peace Corps volunteers.
But I’m more concerned about the 10 “African leaders” and their vast retinues coming into DC for Bambi’s latest stunt.
I would doubt that the leaders have been exposed but they usually travel with huge entourages, and I don’t think they’re getting any particular scrutiny.
‘BHO ... will find a way to create yet another unnecessary crisis for his own enjoyment.’
You nailed it. ‘No Drama Obama’ has to have a three ring circus of chaos & crises going on around him in order to feel good/in control. Now that his poll #s are underwater to stay it takes more and more chaos & manufactured crises to keep him on even a semi-even keel. It will get worse from here.
Is the Doctors nickname Patient Zero?
First Ebola patient arrives at Emory University Hospital