The Center for Disease Control is taking extraordinary precautions in flying two Americans who contracted the deadly ebola virus back to the US. A specially equipped airplane will transport the victims one at a time and fly them to Atlanta where they will be treated at a CDC equipped ebola center at Emory University.
Ebola has a mortality rate of between 50% and 90% and is spread when someone comes in direct contact with the bodily fluids of a patient.
Despite alarm by some in the United States over the transport, health officials have said bringing the sickened aid workers into the country would not put the American public at risk.
The patients were helping respond to the worst West African Ebola outbreak on record with the North Carolina-based Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse and missionary group SIM USA when they contracted the disease. Since February, more than 700 people in the region have died from the infection.
The facility at Emory, set up with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of only four in the country and is physically separate from other patient areas, providing a high level of clinical isolation.
“We have a specially designed unit, which is highly contained. We have highly trained personnel who know how to safely enter the room of a patient who requires this form of isolation,” Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, told a news conference on Friday.