Head Nurse at Emory Hospital Writes Op-ed on Ebola

Nancy Writebol

Atlanta, GA_In a Washington Post Op-Ed article, the head nurse at Emory wrote about the hospital's decision to admit two Ebola patients. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are both undergoing treatment at Emory. They contracted Ebola while treating patients with the virus in West Africa. Emory Head Nurse Susan Grant says treating the two American patients will benefit the U.S. in the long-run. She writes: "Ebola won't become a threat to the general public from their presence in our facility, but the insight we gain by caring for them will prepare us to better treat emergent diseases that may confront the United States in the future."

Nancy Writebol arrived at Emory Hospital Tuesday in an ambulance guarded by police after receiving death threats online. Susan Grant says the threats are due to people's fears that the disease will spread, but she says it won't: "Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it. Emory University Hospital has a unit created specifically for these types of highly infectious patients, and our staff is thoroughly trained in infection control procedures and protocols."

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal continues to field calls from concerned citizens about the virus. Deal told WSB-TV news,"I think we just have to understand that they have (Emory) taken the utmost precautions. More than anyone else in the health community, they are very knowledgeable about how difficult this issue is and how much quarantine is required."

Ebola is spread through bodily-fluids and is not airborne. The World Health Organization records the death toll at 932.