Kent Brantly, the American M.D. now receiving aggressive treatment for the deadly and feared Ebola virus at a hospital in Atlanta, is apparently “improving and in good spirits.” This is according to the former Liberian aid worker's family as told to Bloomberg News on Monday.
Nancy Writebol, another humanitarian aid worker contaminated alongside Brantly in the African nation, will land in the United States on Tuesday to be quarantined and treated by the same round-the-clock team of specialists currently attending to Brantly.
The flare-up of the devastating disease in West Africa this year has generated panicked headlines round the world, rapidly spread to no less than 1,440 poor souls and resulting in the deaths of at least 826 persons since March, as indicated by the most recent casualty list compiled by the World Health Organization.
On Sunday, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden promised on CBS' Face the Nation that a potential Ebola flare-up in America -- like the one in West Africa is -- is exceedingly unlikely because the U.S. has far more stringent contamination controls in doctor's facilities and in post-death internment systems.
Despite these assurance, Frieden shied away from pollyanna predictions, admitting that anything is possible and that vigilance and preparedness are necessary to protect public health. “Could we have another person here, could we have a case or two? Not impossible,” Frieden dedclared. “We say in medicine never say never. But we know how to stop it here.”