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Physician with ebola arrives in the USA

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FeministStar Sat 02-Aug-14 19:31:52

I appreciate that he wants to have medical treatment back in his home country, but part of me thinks that it's a bad idea to risk spreading it to another country like this.

HeySoulSister Sat 02-Aug-14 19:49:29

Surprised they allowed him back.

Earlybird Sat 02-Aug-14 19:52:30

He has been taken to Emory University in Atlanta. Atlanta is where the internationally recognised CDC is located (Center for Disease Control).

Chief doctor from Emory was on telly last night saying they are one of only 4 hospitals in America who can handle a case like this with proper isolation, quarantine, etc. Hope he is correct......

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 02-Aug-14 19:55:00

I may get flamed for his but frankly he sounds quite selfish anyway. Ok he was helping in a terrible situation, which I would normally admire so much, but he took his wife and children there, and it obviously isn't as safe as it could be as now has the virus. That sort of selfishness seems like glory hunting at any selfish cost.

Earlybird Sat 02-Aug-14 19:57:00

Selfish? To go work in a third world country as a volunteer for charity? And then to request that the other person sick with the disease get the one dose of available medicine?

Goodness, 'selfish' had never entered my mind!

Patrickstarisabadbellend Sat 02-Aug-14 19:57:54

He should of been treated in Africa.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 02-Aug-14 20:02:17

No, his children's welfare never seemed to have entered his.

HeySoulSister Sat 02-Aug-14 20:04:08

Where is the wife now?

thecatfromjapan Sat 02-Aug-14 20:07:31

I'm guessing the wife had a power of veto as to whether she went or not.

Or do I live in some kind of parrallel universe where women have to obey their husbands and docilely follow?

Threads like these remind me why you can never get bored with people.

Charitygirl1 Sat 02-Aug-14 20:10:06

'Should HAVE' FFS.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 02-Aug-14 20:11:40

Yes, thecat, entirely her risk to take. But the children had no say in the decision.

Molotov Sat 02-Aug-14 20:13:53

You are complaining and fearful about Brantly being taken to one of the four hospitals in the USA that is able to deal with highly contagious infectious diseases?

Read that article you've linked again, OP. Read up on Ebola and how it is transmitted (plenty about it on MN at the mo'). Brantly has been taken to the right place.

Ignorance about this disease is what is gonnna kill people.

Bluebelljumpsoverthemoon Tue 05-Aug-14 16:34:31

I can't remember who stated that any good quality taken to the extreme becomes a crime but I always think of it when I hear of people putting themselves, their families and everyone around them at risk while practicing their 'altruism'.

A person who is driven by the ego of appearing or feeling good doesn't care for the consequences on others. I think it's selfish in the extreme to import a deadly virus into a country that doesn't need to have it. There is no reason why he shouldn't be treated in the country he picked it up. It pisses me off when people can't be happy just to sacrifice themselves, they have to endanger everybody else too.

What if all their precautions fail? It just takes one human error and the disease could spread in a city of millions. Ebola traditionally was a small problem because it was contained within tiny, remote and extremely isolated regions of Africa. Nobody knows the consequences of a city epidemic, the greatest risk would be the virus mutating to become more infectious. A small chance is still a chance and when the consequences are so deadly there's no excuse for taking that risk with other peoples lives.

Pootles2010 Tue 05-Aug-14 16:38:16

I would imagine the chief doctor at the CDC knows what he's doing!

Bluebelljumpsoverthemoon Tue 05-Aug-14 16:46:38

They all think they know what they're doing but humans are infallible, they make mistakes, doctors and other healthcare workers are no exception.

HeySoulSister Tue 05-Aug-14 18:19:56

I think the rest of the world will end up copying BA soon enough and post phoning all flights to the affected regions

Rafanderpants Fri 08-Aug-14 19:24:19

I was thinking this today.
like the Spanish priest who went back to Spain.

I appreciate they may want to go home to families or familiar place but is it really a good idea, as its spreadfing it that way?

I thought theyd contain it where it started and keep it there.

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