The 2nd American Ebola patient arrived in Atlanta from Liberia yesterday. Nancy Writebol arrived on a private jet at Dobbins military base near Atlanta just after 12 noon. Writebol was transported to Emory Healthcare by a specially equipped ambulance. Video from a CNN helicopter showed Writebol being removed from the ambulance on a gurney and wheeled into the hospital by 2 healthcare workers wearing hazmat suits.
Dr. Kent Brantly, the first American to be treated for Ebola on American soil, arrived in Atlanta on Saturday. He walked off the ambulance and into Emory hospital. His condition is reportedly improving.
Meanwhile, a Columbus, Ohio woman and a New York man are being tested for the deadly Ebola virus. According to WKRN.com, the 46-year-old Ohio woman is in an isolation ward after a recent trip to West Africa. A blood sample has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The woman is reportedly doing well in a Ohio hospital.
A New York man who was tested for Ebola after visiting West Africa is in an isolation unit. Doctors don’t believe he is infected with Ebola, but they are taking precautions until they know the test results.
A secret antibody serum developed in California may have saved the lives of the 2 infected healthcare workers. But critics wonder why Kent and Writebol received special treatment and why the same serum wasn’t made available to the 800 people of color who died in West Africa. The secret serum was never tested on humans before. It had previously been tested only on rats and monkeys.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 800 people since March.