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The group released a statement on the condition of the two medical personnel stricken with the virus. Both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are reported in stable but grave condition and Dr. Brantly is said to have “taken a slight turn for the worse overnight.”
Atlanta, Ga. — The Center for Disease Control (CDC) today is in process of setting up quarantine sections at U.S. airports in the light of Americans being brought home by Samaritan’s Purse and the Peace Corps from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to a spokesman for the CDC.
With the deadly virus escalating in Africa, Americans are being evacuated back to the U.S. and causing concerns that they could bring Ebola home with them.
Samaritan’s Purse — a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian international relief organization targeting people in physical need — yesterday said they are bringing non-essential personnel home. The group is based in Boone, N.C. Asked by the Hill ’n Holler today how many people were being brought back and where they were from, a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse was originally unable to answer these questions. In a statement just received today they said they would take precautions that exceed standards recommended by the CDC. They did not however say that they would be quarantined prior to returning to the general population.
“Yesterday, an experimental serum arrived in the country, but there was only enough for one person. Dr. Brantly asked that it be given to Nancy Writebol,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “However, Dr. Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola because of Dr. Brantly’s care. The young boy and his family wanted to be able to help the doctor who saved his life.” (Dr. Brantly, 33, is from Fort Worth , Tex’, and Writebol is from North Carolina.)
“The safety of our staff is a top priority, and Samaritan’s Purse is currently working to evacuate all but the most essential personnel to their home countries. The evacuation should be completed this weekend. The exact timeline and destinations are being kept confidential to respect their privacy. Samaritan’s Purse is taking precautions that exceed the standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“None of the evacuating staff are ill, and the World Health Organization and CDC continue to reiterate that people are not contagious unless they begin showing symptoms. Following their evacuation, Samaritan’s Purse will work with staff to monitor their health.
Yesterday Liberia moved to close schools in an effort to get a handle on the virus that health workers have been battling since March, and the mortality rate for the disease is running at 55 per cent
Yesterday the U.S. Peace Corps announced they were bringing back 340 volunteers out of the affected area.
Ebola is a hemohrragic virus that takes from two to 21 days to develop. Health officials believe it is carried by fruit bats, but they are not sure. The virus is believed passed in humans by body fluids which become more uncontrollable as the disease progresses. There is no vaccine for the virus and apparently no medication.
Thus far as of July 28 the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) and the health ministries of the three countries involved in the outbreak have reported a total of suspect and confirmed cases of 1,201 and 672 deaths. Of these 1,201, cases 814 were laboratory confirmed.
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Update: It was reported this evening that a medical charter flight was leaving Georgia enroute to Liberia to return Dr. Brantly and Writebol to the United States. Reportedly at least one would be taken to the quarantine unit on the campus of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, near CDC headquarters.