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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia 409

acidradio (659704) writes American air charter specialist Phoenix Air has been contracted by the U.S. Army to haul an American physician afflicted with Ebola from Liberia to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. This will be the first 'purposeful' transport of an Ebola victim to the U.S. The patient will be flown in a special Gulfstream III (formerly owned by the Danish Air Force) outfitted for very specialized medical transports such as this. I dunno. I know there are brilliant doctors and scientists in Atlanta who handle highly-communicable diseases, but is this such a brilliant idea? theodp (442580) writes with related news In response to the Ebola outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel. "Ebola virus is transmitted by close contact with a person who has symptoms of Ebola," the CDC explains. "Close contact is defined as having cared for or lived with a person with Ebola or having a high likelihood of direct contact with blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient. Examples of close contact include kissing or embracing, sharing eating or drinking utensils, close conversation (3 feet), physical examination, and any other direct physical contact between people. Close contact does not include walking by a person or briefly sitting across a room from a person."
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

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  • by minstrelmike ( 1602771 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @12:43PM (#47582427)
    Yup, CDC knows how to handle this sort of shit.
    It's not like they lose track of pathogens or accidentally expose workers to smallpox, no sirree bob.
    They know what they're doing ;-)
  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @12:50PM (#47582513) Journal
    What I find slightly curious is that they'd bother to transport the patient for a disease that (at present) has no treatment other than supportive therapy to try to keep the symptoms from killing you. The Liberian medical system is not exactly a shining star; but this isn't one of those "Oh, sure, we could cure that; but this hospital doesn't have an endoscopic microsurgery suite and we'd need $250k worth of drugs that you can't even buy here." diseases.

    Is there a research interest? Is supportive therapy that much better here and the CDC is the place with isolation expertise? What advantage is being sought?
  • by angel'o'sphere ( 80593 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @12:53PM (#47582571) Journal

    Then get your paranoia treated and read the relevant wikipedia articles.
    Ebola is not the flu nor the black death ... the likelihood to catch it if you don't fuck, kiss, embrace, or otherwise intensive care for a patient is basically ZERO.
    Ebola viruses survive on any surface until it either dries out (body fluid containing it evaporates) or by UV radiation.

    Do you really believe the USA governments health agency carries an US citizen into the US if it was not perfectly safe? In what paranoia 1984 world do you live?

  • Re:Try, try again? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Andy Dodd ( 701 ) < minus caffeine> on Friday August 01, 2014 @12:54PM (#47582573) Homepage

    Um, there are massive differences between Atlanta and Liberia.

    Do you believe the following are regular occurrences in Atlanta?
    1) Family of someone who died of a known infectious disease choose to hand-wash the corpse anyway, with full knowledge of the cause of death. (Note: Many Africans apparently don't believe the disease exists.)
    2) Local residents protest the hospital because they believe that the "story" about the infections disease is a coverup for ritual cannibalism. []
    3) Local residents break in to the isolation ward to remove an infected family member from the hospital

  • Re:PANIC! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by DivineKnight ( 3763507 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @03:31PM (#47583993)

    Their stated reason for doing it -> "So the patient receives better healthcare."

    Their real reason for doing it -> "We received a phone call at 4 AM on Tuesday telling us that Ebola Zaire (the magical strain of D00M) has been hopping between countries in Africa, and that the natives are hiding the infected because their witch doctors told them that Western Medicine is the source of the disease. The people at the CDC (that's us) actually have a plan written down for this particular scenario, and we're following it to the letter.

    Long ago, we figured that it was only a matter of time, in a scenario like this, before Ebola Zaire would become airborne; our goal is then to extract several of the infected early on, and learn what we can from them, living and dead. Officially, we will be keeping airports open, and so on, right up until the first infected lands stateside; this is to keep the people from panicking. Once that panic sets in, God help you.

    Seeing how it's Ebola Zaire, we are not totally defenseless. Antiviral drugs, such as interferon analogs, may increase the chances of survival; the question of the supply of said drugs be a source of contention.

    As always, your fearless leaders will be directing the relief effort from the nearest bunker, with a sign over the entrance "No Admittance.""

  • by gestalt_n_pepper ( 991155 ) on Friday August 01, 2014 @03:38PM (#47584035)

    Worry about the folks who flew here from Africa who didn't know they were infected, and are even now having hamburgers at the airport.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 01, 2014 @04:14PM (#47584353)

    No animal model is a substitute for real human treatment data. Speak to any immunologist/virologist and they will tell you that you can never be sure if pre-clinical treatments, developed in animal models, will actually be effective in humans.
    If you think rationally about the potential risks, then you will realize that there is really is no chance of an outbreak in the US and the only people that have any risk are those that are going to directly come in close contact with the patient.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl