Aug 1, 2014 2:23 PM by Monica Garcia

Local doctors weigh in on Ebola outbreak

TUCSON- Plans are underway to bring at least one American infected with Ebola back to the United States for treatment.

The deadly virus has killed more than 700 people so far across West Africa and more than 13,000 are now infected.

Doctor Kent Brantly and human aid worker Nancy Writebol both got infected while helping treat Ebola patients in Liberia.

It's not clear if just one or both are being brought back to the U.S or when they'll arrive. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is set to treat at least one Ebola patient.

A specially outfitted plane is on its way to West Africa.

The plane is equipped to keep the patients quarantined with features like an isolation chamber.
Brantly and Writebol are reportedly in stable but grave condition.

According to Infectious Diseases Expert at UA Health Network, Sean Elliott, Ebola has symptoms not that uncommon from the summer cold and may have some people feeling a little on the edge.

"So I'm sure some of our emergency units will be visited by the worried well with something like, I have a summer cold maybe it's the Ebola virus," Elliot said. "The case definition in this country is very specific, that type of flu like illness with travel history in the last 3 weeks to one of the affected countries in West Africa."

The U.S. has issued a level three travel alert and warning against any non-essential travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


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