Ebola Furor: American Ebola Patient Back In The U.S. Ignites TV War of Words
Dr. Kent Brantly is showing signs of improvement in Atlanta, but his return to the U.S. for treatment has some concerned for the nation's safety. INSIDE EDITION reports.
As the American doctor infected with Ebola remains in quarantine, the second American health worker with the deadly virus is expected to be flown to the U.S. Tuesday for treatment.
But Donald Trump is sticking to his guns, saying they should not be brought to America.
"Our country has enough problems. Send the doctors to Liberia. Send the doctors to West Africa to take care of our people. That's one thing but, don't let them in," said Trump.
Trump did a live phone interview on Fox and Friends Monday, and was asked this question: "If you were in Liberia and contracted a deadly disease, wouldn't you high tail it back to the U.S. as soon as possible?" asked Tucker Carlson.
"You're right. I'd try and get back, but I'm not sure that if I were running the U.S. I would allow me to get back," replied Trump.
The View's Whoopi Goldberg blasted Trump, saying, "He's a friend of mine, so I want to be respectful to him, but that was a stupid comment!"
Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Atlanta on Saturday dressed head-to-toe in a white protective suit. To everyone's surprise, he was actually able to walk into Emory University Hospital.
It turns out he was given an experimental serum that was originally intended for the other stricken American, Nancy Writebol. But Dr. Brantly's situation was graver says CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Gupta reported, "Between 20 minutes and 60 minutes after he was administered the medication, his condition sounds like nearly reversed—just completely changed around. His breathing became regular."
Brantly took the 5,000 mile journey from Liberia to Atlanta in a specially-outfitted Gulfstream jet containing a quarantined isolation tent that holds one patient and is disposed of after a single use.
He is being treated in the hospital's biocontainment unit which includes an isolation chamber that has a special air filtration system. Doctors and nurses wear protective suits with three pairs of gloves.
Meanwhile, Emory Hospital says it has been deluged with "nasty emails" questioning why the Americans infected with the deadly Ebola virus are being brought back to the U.S.
"Does anyone ANYONE else think sending Ebola patients to Atlanta is a horrible idea?" says one comment on the city of Atlanta's Twitter page.
But health officals say they have things under control. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said, "The way we take care of patients and our capability of isolating them will be very, very much a strong indication that we would not have an outbreak here."
But that may not be enough to quiet Donald Trump, who said, "Ebola is in that section of the world. We cannot have it in this country!"
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