Even before the first of two American citizens stricken with the deadly Ebola virus arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital for medical treatment, some are challenging the decision to bring Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writbol onto U.S. soil.
There’s never been a documented case of Ebola in the Western Hemisphere.
Public concern is putting the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the defensive.
In a post on the social media website Twitter, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said that out of five patients in the U.S. who have had hemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola, none has spread the infection.
On Saturday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said he supports the decision to bring the patients to Atlanta.
“If we have the capability and facilities to give them aid and hopefully relieve the symptoms of the Ebola virus, then certainly we should do so,” he told WABE News.
Deal told WABE he’s only been briefed “sketchily” on the issue, but that he’s been told Emory University Hospital is “taking extreme precautions.”
Emory said in a statement that it is undertaking rigorous infection control procedures to ensure the safety of the public and hospital employees.
The second patient, Nancy Writbol, is expected to arrive in Atlanta for treatment in the next few days.