Ebola Virus Worries Atlanta Residents

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  • The Ebola virus, one of the worst viruses known to man, is wreaking havoc across West Africa. So far, this frightening disease has killed 887 lives and over 1600 cases have been documented. In addition, the numbers are not slowing down. Two American missionary/medical workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus were transported over 6,000 miles back to the United States to be treated in Atlanta, GA.

    Some Atlantans are fine with it, while others have mixed feelings. Some are terrified at the possibility that this deadly disease could end up spreading across America.

    The Ebola virus is not, like many other deadly contagions, spread through the air. It is transmitted through direct contact with the blood, secretions, or other body fluids of ill people, and indirect contact (with needles and other things that may be contaminated with these fluids). And there has to be direct contact frequently with body fluids or blood according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

    “I wish that I could say that it is a good idea to have them to come to Atlanta for treatment, but they could have given them treatment back over there in Africa,” says Atlanta computer technician Darryl Holland. “It is already proven to be the case as the other volunteer has already received treatment and is on her way to Atlanta.”

    A prominent Atlanta doctor says that because Atlanta is home to both the Centers for Disease Control and the virus experts at Emory University Hospital, where the two Americans are being treated, he believes that there is little risk to the American public.

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