Two local doctors respond to concerns about treating Ebola patients just three hours from the mountains.
Dr. William Hathaway from Mission Health says it's understandable to be afraid of the deadly virus spreading. However, he adds it's highly unlikely in a hospital under the watchful eye of the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Ellen Lawson from Sisters of Mercy agrees. Lawson has done medical missions in 19 different countries and picked up Malaria and Dysentery on her travels. She says the most dangerous patient is one where you don't know what they have.
Lawson says the American doctor and nurse who got Ebola may have caught it from a person who didn't know they had it, since it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop. Dr. Hathaway says the lack of good hospitals in West Africa, along with some cultural barriers get in the way of containing the disease.
While there is no cure, both doctors say the patients' chance of survival will increase with treatment in the U.S.
By: Karen Wynne
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