CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A disease with no known cure will soon reach the U.S. for the first time. Two American missionaries, infected with the deadly Ebola virus are being brought back to the United States.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Tom Frieden, says Americans are not at risk, “Ebola is a deadly disease but we know how to stop it and we know how to prevent it from spreading.“
The CDC plans to bring two Americans infected with Ebola to the US for treatment. The patients will be flying over in an isolated jet fit with medical equipment. They’ll be staying at Emory University hospital in Atlanta, in the special isolation containment unit.
Still, it has one local EMT nervous about the risks.
“I freak out when I’m taking care of patients with something that’s highly contagious already. You can do infection control only so much and something can still leak through,” said Ashley Paulo of Chicopee.
Ebola can cause internal and external bleeding. The World Health Organization says it’s infected more than 1,300 people in West Africa since March. More than 55% of those people infected have died.
“We have to look at the positive side which is that by having this people here, they can begin to work on the virus and experiment with it and find out what will effectively cure the person who has the virus,” said Jeanne F. of Wilbraham.
Nations like Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are now asking for more help to contain what’s being called the worst ever Ebola outbreak in history.
There is no cure for Ebola currently but testing on an experimental vaccine is expected to start in September.