US Sending 50 Experts to Fight Ebola Outbreak

1st US patient 'improving' in Atlanta hospital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2014 4:23 AM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2014 5:03 AM CDT
US Sending 50 Experts to Fight Ebola Outbreak
An ambulance arrives with Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, at Emory University Hospital, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Atlanta.    (AP Photo/WSB-TV Atlanta)

As the first Ebola patient to arrive in the US recovers in an Atlanta hospital, dozens of US experts are preparing to go to the other way. At least 50 public health experts are being sent to West Africa to help fight the deadliest-ever outbreak of the disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Thomas Frieden tells ABC. "The single most important thing we can do to protect Americans is to stop this disease at the source in Africa," he says, explaining that the outbreak can be stopped. "We do know how to stop Ebola," he says. "It's old-fashioned plain and simple public health: find the patients, make sure they get treated, find their contacts, track them, educate people, do infection control in hospitals." He says the US won't "hermetically seal" its borders against the disease. More:

  • American doctor Kent Brantly, who is in an isolation ward at Emory University Hospital, appears to be improving, the Guardian reports. There is no cure for the disease, but doctors hope Brantly is healthy enough to pull through.

  • The medical aircraft that brought Brantly to the US can only carry one patient at a time, so a second American infected with the disease won't arrive in the US until tomorrow. reports Reuters. Missionary Nancy Writebol, 59, was infected as she worked to decontaminate people in an isolation ward in Liberia.
  • The aid organization Brantly works for now says he was treated with an experimental serum before he was sent to the US, NBC finds. The Christian group Samaritan's Purse had earlier said there was only one dose of the serum available, and Brantly asked for it to go to Writebol.
(Read more Ebola stories.)

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