After the first American carrying the Ebola virus was made public, new cases of Ebola victims appear every day. Although the officials assured the public that an epidemical is unlikely to happen, the reality tells a different story: a new Ebola case in the US was found in Nebraska. The patient is an American photojournalist who contracted the Ebola virus while he was working in Liberia. The Ebola patient landed in Nebraska on Monday and he is now being treated for the deadly virus. The new Ebola case landed at 7:30 at the Eppley Airfield in Omaha and an ambulance took him to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he was put into a special isolation unit, situated at about 20 minutes from where the airport is.
The new Ebola case was working as a freelance cameraman in Liberia, broadcasting for NBC News and he supposedly started to feel ill last week. This is the fifth US citizen infected with the Ebola virus since the outbreak which has killed more than 3,400 people. The first person to have been diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the US is now in a critical condition in a Dallas hospital.
Dr. Phil Smith, an MD at the Nebraska hospital said:
“We are ready, willing and able to care for this patient,” Smith said. “We consider it our duty to give these American citizens the best possible care we can.”
The Nebraska doctors will evaluate the new Ebola case and will begin the treatment. They said they will try an experimental drug called TKM-Ebola, the same drug that was used to treat another Ebola patient and it was a success. The doctors will also try using blood transfusions from other patients who recovered from Ebola because it is believed that the blood from the Ebola survivors is full of antibodies and will help destroy the virus.
Last week, in Dallas, another man who was returning from Liberia has returned in the US carrying the Ebola virus. Doctors say that the patient’s health has gotten worse.
The Ebola virus is not an airborne virus and can only be spread if a person comes in direct contact with an infected person, more specifically with the person’s bodily fluids.