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Ebola Fears As Infected American Returns To U.S.

Ebola Fears As Infected American Returns To U.S.


Airdate: 08/01/2014

Fear and confusion are surfacing over the plan to bring the Americans battling the dealy Ebola virus home from West Africa.

A plane took off from Georgia on Thursday, bound for Liberia. It's expected to return with either Dr. Kent Brantly or health worker Nancy Writebol aboard.

The plane is a specially-outfitted Gulfstream that contains a quarantined isolation tent that holds one patient at a time. Both Brantly and Writebol will be taken to a special containment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

How do Atlanta residents feel about an Ebola patient being brought to their city? INSIDE EDITION asked reporter Jeff Chirico of WGCL-TV.

Chirico said, "I don't think there's much of a panic here in Atlanta. People believe in Emory University Hospital. They believe the staff knows how to take care of patients like this and that everyone here is safe."

Not everybody agrees.

The controversial decision to bring an Ebola patient into the United States is throwing some into a panic.

Donald Trump—a notorious germaphobe—had a fit about it, tweeting: "Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days - now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. Keep them out of here."

Trump added they should get the best possible care, over there.

Dr. Dalilah Restrepo, an infections disease specialist at Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, showed INSIDE EDITION's April Woodard how a healthcare worker prepares to deal with an Ebola patient.

Watch More of Dr. Restrepo's Interview

Dr. Restrepo explained, "First, you wear a yellow gown. We would use a mask with a face shield because you want the extra protection in the eye area."

Gown, gloves and a face shiled proved barriers from bodily fluids, which is how Ebola is spread.

At Mount Sinai Hospital an Ebola patient would be brought to a special room. Dr. Restrepo noted, "It has a closed door and has a negative pressure valve. On a routine basis, the air here when you breathe is sucked out."

The question is, whether bringing a gravely ill Ebola patient from West Africa to the United States puts anyone in danger.

Dr. Restrepo said, "With the proper precautions, the risk should be minimal."


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