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Should we bring possible Ebola cases here for treatment?

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)
This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. (AP Photo/CDC)

There, no doubt, is a great deal of concern about the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States in general and in New Jersey in particular?

Some on social media are saying that we may be seeing another black plague – however you would think that our facilities are better equipped to handle those individuals who’ve shown signs of having the virus.

I would agree, although the concern remains that the virus – once introduced here – can easily be spread throughout the general population.

One situation that’s being closely monitored is that of the patient in isolation at a New York City hospital who officials say likely doesn’t have it.

Dr. Jeremy Boal, chief medical officer at Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan said, “Odds are, this is not Ebola,” He said he expected a definitive answer about the man’s condition within a day or two.

The male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in Monday. The hospital says it placed him strict isolation.

However now comes word that a 2nd American aid worker with Ebola has arrived in US – this time to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The second patient arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, late Tuesday morning in a plane from Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, and was headed to Emory University Hospital.

Although hospital officials haven’t released the patient’s identity, officials from SIM USA — the aid group for which she was working — have identified her as Nancy Writebol. Writebol remains in serious but stable condition, SIM said in a statement Tuesday morning.

So should we be concerned? I can’t say I wouldn’t be , however since the virus would be most dangerous to the elderly, very young, the infirm; and obviously those that handle bodily fluids – we do have some of the best medical facilities in the world to treat diseases such as this.

Is there a better place for those infected with the virus to be treated than here?

Should we bring possible Ebola cases to be treated here?

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