OKLAHOMA CITY – Intensive efforts are underway right now to evacuate two Americans infected with Ebola from West Africa.
The plan is to bring the two back to the United States for treatment.
It’s a global process that requires caution every step of the way.
Right now, Emory University hospital in Atlanta is preparing for their arrival.
But there is some mystery surrounding the Ebola virus and its presence in the United States.
Many want to know if we should be worried.
It’s the virus featured in terrifying movies like 1995’s “Outbreak.”
It starts with a fever, maybe a headache and a sore throat and progresses into organ failure, internal bleeding, and eventually death.
Named after the river where it was discovered, Ebola has always been a world away infecting thousands and killing hundreds in Africa.
Oklahoma’s Epidemiologist Kristy Bradley says, “It can frighten some people I understand that because it`s an infection we`ve heard about in books like Outbreak and in movies”
But Oklahoma’s own Dr. Kristy Bradley says the movies are far from reality.
“They shouldn’t panic at all,” says Dr. Bradley. “Our modern healthcare practices here are more than sufficient to contain the spread of Ebola virus.”
Still a lot of people flooded Twitter with their concerns saying:
But Dr. Bradley says bringing them home is their best chance of survival.
Experts say their virus isn’t airborne. You have to come in direct contact with their blood or bodily fluids.
She says putting them in strict isolation is going above and beyond.
Dr. Bradley says, “The images that I saw where they have the patients coming back in these protective bubbles and everything that really is unnecessary.”
This will be the first known time that someone with Ebola enters the United States.