An American doctor, Kent Brantly became the first American stricken by the Ebola Virus. He arrived at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia on August 2, 2014 on a specially charted Air Ambulance.
The American Aid Worker was infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. He was airlifted from the West African nation and taken to an isolation center in the Atlanta Hospital for treatment.
Ebola has no treatment as such, and most patients were given supportive treatment. Dr Kent Brantly was ferried in a specially charted medical Aircraft which landed at Dobbins Airport at noon. Dr Brantly was ferried under a security escort to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where he is being treated in a specially equipped room.
Kent works for a North Carolina-based Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Another member of the organization, missionary Nancy Write, who is also reported to be infected by the deadly virus, is due to be air lifted next since the Air Ambulance can ferry only one patient at a time.
West Africa is reeling under an Ebola epidemic which has already taken more than 700 lives since February.
There has been a concern that Ebola could be carried over to the US from persons who have contracted the disease in West Africa and were travelling to US. Health officials have however said that there is no risk to the public.
The facility at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta has been set up by the US CDC happens to be one of the four which has been set up to deal with such cases. Ebola is a dangerous disease, and the treatment of patients is carried out under a high degree of clinical isolation.
Bruce Rider, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, said, “We have a specially designed unit, which is highly contained. We have highly trained personnel who know how to safely enter the room of a patient who requires this form of isolation.”
The plane that has been used to ferry Dr Brantly is specially equipped with a plastic isolation tent, a medical bed, I-V lines, as well as monitoring equipment.