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Dr. Kent Brantley, a Samaritan’s Purse Physician and one of two American doctors infected with Ebola virus landed in the United States today and was transported to an Atlanta hospital where he he will undergo treatment.
This is the first time anyone infected with the deadly virus has been brought into the country.
The plane carrying Kent Brantley arrived late Saturday morning at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., He was then taken by ambulance to a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.
A second American infected with the virus, Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker, is expected to arrive in the U.S. within a few days. Her treatment protocol will be the same as that which Dr. Brantley will undergo.
Brantly and Writebol were serving in Liberia as medical missionaries when they became infected with the virus.
Doctors are confident the two can be treated without putting the public in danger.
Emory University Hospital is located just down the hill from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of only four medical facilities in the country that capable of handling high-risk patients infected with serious, infectious diseases.
Dr. Kent Brantley, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through our post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the U.S. before he started showing any signs of illness.
Nancy Writebol works with SIM, which manages ELWA Hospital. SIM and Samaritan’s Purse have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March. She had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward of the Case Management Center at the hospital. She is married with two children.
Key facts about the Ebola Virus:
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
- Ebola virus disease (EVD), outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
- The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
- Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
- Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.
Wednesday marks 33 days since the jetliner mysteriously disappeared from radar screens, a stretch marked by loads of speculation, lots of heartache from relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane and few solid facts about what happened.
It’s also three days since the date which the batteries powering the flight recorders‘ locator beacons were certified to be working. Stored in a plane’s tail, they are designed to begin sending off distinct, high-pitched signals as soon as they come in contact with water.
“Aura of urgency” prevails as authorities are still listening, mindful the pulses could last a few days longer and that sending in submersibles could ruin chances of hearing them again. Retired Lt. Col. Michael Kay of the Royal Air Force told CNN the batteries can operate up to 40 days.
Cheers over what searchers believed might be underwater pulses from Malaysia Flight 370 have given way, four days later, to little more proof the aircraft is close to being found.
No more signals have been detected since Saturday’s momentary jubilation aboard an Australian navy ship some 1,100 miles (1,750 kilometers) northwest of Perth — pulses consistent with those sent by a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, explained Angus Houston, head of the Australian-led search effort. Nor has any wreckage been found from the Boeing 777-200ER.
Earthquake Shakes Latin American Countries…Tsunami warning.
A powerful earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale has struck off the coast of Chile sparking a tsunami warning for all of Latin America.
According to the US Geological survey the magnitude 8.2 earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, some 61 miles northwest of the coastal city of Iquique, in northern Chile.
A tsunami warning was issued in the aftermath of the tremor, with authorities ordering an immediate evacuation of coastal areas.
The quake, which struck at around 8.26pm local time, hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.
It struck around 10km below the seabed, which would have made it feel stronger.
Chile’s Centro Sismologico Nacional said that after the initial quake there were at least four significant aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 and higher.
The tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru, and tsunami waves reaching heights of more than 6ft were reported off the Chilean coast, with the highest wave reportedly 6.9ft in Iquique.
The highest waves measured so far have been 6.9 feet in Iquique, just 59 miles northwest of the earthquake’s epicenter.
Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a warning was in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, while a tsunami watch was also in place for Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador.