Ebola: Doctor Quarantined in Tennessee

Dr. Alan Jamison, who treated Ebola patients in Liberia, was told to stay in home.
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The deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history at 60%. Fatality rate. And now -- rare decision CDC plans to treat Ebola patients on US soil. Hello everyone I'm Gloria Riviera in New York for the first time ever Ebola patients will be treated in the United States. Plans are being put into place to bring the two medical workers infected with Ebola. Doctor Kent Brantley -- Nancy -- ball to be treated at Emory university hospital in Georgia. That can take a couple of days ABC's -- RC Gonzales has the latest on the Ebola outbreak from New York. Today this hospital in Atlanta preparing to treat the first bullet patient ever in the US. One of the two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia now expected to head here to Emory university hospital doctor Kent Brantley and Nancy white -- will be flown one at a time on a special jet -- an air tight isolation tent like this. Both fighting for their lives. He certainly -- harper he's a very sort -- And so is -- to Emory university hospital has an isolation unit for people with infectious diseases a spokesperson saying their staff are highly trained to treat and care for this type of patient. It's still unclear where the other sick American will be taken. Now in West Africa where more than 700 people have already died from the virus extra efforts are underway to stop the spread of Ebola. The CDC issuing a travel advisory warning against nonessential travel to Guinea Sierra Leone and Liberia. Travelers at airports they are being screened for potential illness and now the CDC is sending fifty experts to that region to help with the -- -- we know how to stop -- It takes meticulous work -- to find the cases respond to them and prevent them treating people with the disease is how these two Americans contracted Ebola. ABC news -- told an Experian mental drug was sent to them but doctor Brantley insisted that the only -- be given to -- -- instead of him. As both now head to the US -- Lee's wife says I remain hopeful and believing that -- will be healed from this dreadful disease. The director of the CDC says he is confident the -- will not spread here in the US adding that Americans should feel safe. -- Gonzales ABC news New York. The CDC is taking precautionary measures for a one American doctor Alan Jamieson. He's now been quarantine as a precaution when he came back to the US. From treating Ebola patients in Liberia but the nonprofit group medical teams international. Doctor Jamison joins us now via Skype from his home in Tennessee also joining via Skype -- Sandberg and director of emergency relief and global security. For medical teams international -- you both for joining us let's start with doctor Jamison. Correct me if I'm wrong Ebola is spread through with the transfer of bodily fluids you -- last in contact with patients on July 19. How are you feeling now and when are you going to be fully out of the danger -- I'm feeling well now and had no fever symptoms of illness since my return. And the how I'll feel most confident that -- not hedge the risk. And -- is 21 days and actor. The last contact. And doctor Jamison take us through you worked in these situations. Since 2009 when you -- -- he decided to. Go to these places desperately need what did you see on the ground as this outbreak caught fire. Most of my ground experience was. Within. The hospital. So I did not see very much -- -- those working twelve hour shifts in the hospital. And so I would go immediately back -- the apartment where I'm staying in the evening in the morning I would get up -- -- -- come back into the hospital. So I did not see a lot. Of the community. But. Meaning that it. -- patients when you were treating people who are coming in what kind of science. The virus did you see. Typically patients would come in with fever and with vomiting. Diarrhea. And body aches. Which which would be the same. Symptoms presenting for a number -- -- tropical diseases that are prevalent in West Africa. But the concern was that these patients would be interviewed. Content -- -- attack he screened the case and particularly. If it -- any history of contact with someone who had a bola. Or the patient was coming from an area a county. Where there have been cases revolt while people -- reported. And doctor -- -- you or -- back with the organization from which these teams go out around the world. Your tracking this at what point did you think we have a serious problem on our hands and we have our people on the ground there. We have been her first -- I'm not a medical doctor. But we have been tracking. This outbreak. Since March we've that I have been working in Liberia medical teams -- been there since 2004. We -- -- programs going on and once we heard about the outbreak. We started to do your son messaging murder community health workers training of health workers. And became concerned. Back in March. About the outbreak. Having. Been involved and seen other outbreaks and the DR Congo. And in Uganda -- different times knowing what Ebola was. And and so that's really when we started to have some concern. To start tracking it but at the same time it is our mission to respond to where there is poverty where there is suffering -- -- sickness. On and so to -- both of those and so continued. -- the messaging I'm trying to stop the spread of Ebola while the same time. Trying to support. Other organizations. Through. Both the request of the ministry of health and Liberia. And the hospital a law hospital. Just outside Monrovia on and so doctor Jamison was willing to it to go in to be part of their response on and we have. Continue to to check in with him and the team throughout it is timing in Liberia we continue to. Talk thirteen monitor did daily basis -- in Monrovia. So it has been a concern from the very beginning at the same time. It is something that we have. Been able to. Be part of the response. Right but at a certain point -- to make a decision that was to ask doctor Davis into. Return home for his own safety doctor Jamison how did you feel about that decision. How did you feel about the work that is yet to be done next. Just today the WHO announcing a 100 million dollar push to deploy more person -- others. Clearly a severe need on the ground. I suppose for you doctor Jamison what was it like to leave and what do you think the medical personnel on the ground need right now. Will. He has parkinson's patients that I have been meeting that I had that. Typical sensation. Guilt and remorse that I was not able to complete the job -- Gomes did. But that same time I understand that it is medical teams and national responsibility to make these decisions. And mine safety and hear what their priorities as a volunteer. They will take the volunteers out while they will leave the other people there that are. The nationals the other people. That work for medical teams international. Doctor Robinson let me just eight interview from early because we know that the incubation period is 21 days. Away it was or any debate over whether or not it made sense to stay in -- area. Sequestered from any kind of exposure before coming back to the US. What was the decision process but behind that move out. The decision process is the person is not contagious. Disease if they have no symptoms. And so the problem would be be to get a volunteer out of the country. The longer that this -- phone leaving. And making it more difficult -- -- getting out of the country. Roger how many personnel are on the ground right now how many people from the organization are there was it just doctor Jamison or do you house. Still more on the ground and. We have other staff on the ground so doctor Jamison being a volunteered. We have full time staff we have a country director there on the ground. And then we have our office -- in Monrovia. And we're continuing to do messaging and training of health workers -- in grand cape mount county where it has not come on near the border of Sierra Leone. But where we could see cases so again trying -- some mitigation. That you have many people still there that you're watching I'm sure quite closely doctor -- and I know you are working with doctor Kent -- We'll of course. One of two. Being evacuated. -- and potentially to Emory University. Very soon we don't know quite when but what did you. Did you come into contact with doctor Brantley do you have any idea how he was infected. No I don't know how he was infected. He. He was very active he was -- the medical director for the Ebola unit Yale law. -- really -- active and going in having direct patient care. As I was. So I'm not -- what happened. That caused him to become infected. -- that he he was very conscientious. In -- personal protective equipment. And not reaching any of the protocol. Doctor James and his. Paint the picture of -- if you would of of what it is like to work under those circumstances. -- we've seen the the protective suits but. Are you you know putting out on before you enter the building where there are patients is it. -- in the you're wearing print the full twelve hour shift. -- -- like to work under those conditions. The it is very strange to -- to work under the conditions but the -- -- protective. And equipment. Is very hot. Very uncomfortable. And no you do not -- people over -- Typically the patient care. In his -- going. -- different teams and the team members wouldn't have assignments of which patients they will provide care for. They would -- and the protective equipment. They would enter the high risk area presentation solace. And performed the necessary duties. And patient care and then they would leave. The longest that -- been -- in. The equipment was promptly two and a half hours and the it is very hot. Then and there is no circulation. Is difficult to breathe proposal wearing two different mask on top of each other in -- goggles. The amount of perspiration. Two different sets of gloves -- placed. On your hands and they are -- together -- to be -- And he he gloves and actually killed with liquid like a water blister. So it -- very strenuous very difficult work. So there you know we do not do and you -- do not maintain that address you go into the high -- -- for the patients are. You do what needs to be done -- -- the very expeditious and -- come out. And then you get out and now I understand -- met at the airport I'm curious about your trip back on a commercial plane you've got back -- the airport by your daughter you went straight home. You're feeling quite confident you've said you feel fine. If you do develops symptoms. What's the first thing that -- do. -- notified -- CDC and the public health service that. Many quarantined because of the risk their -- becoming symptomatic. Ten -- they will quite effectively and efficiently take charge. Believe me they they know how to manage these situations. And on these situations and trying to the Walter reed army institute -- search and all truth is American. A society of tropical disease in Madison. And -- on a number of Department of Defense missions working with specialist. In these areas. So. -- need to do is tell them and they -- they'll take care. And a writer Sandberg -- you monitor the situation. I'm from where you are what's your evaluation of how the world is responding in and what more needs to be done how is this crisis being handled. Yeah with. The three countries involved. Where you're. -- to see the World Health Organization. Pushing forward -- hundred million dollars -- Make more resources available. Within Guinea Sierra Leone and Liberia Annan and that's really what's needed these national task force. Both the president of Liberia and the president of Sierra Leone's. -- -- has called the equivalent of a state of emergency. For their respective countries. All and the businesses all government offices. We're shut down -- in Liberia today at -- take action Steve. Disinfecting coordinate all the public places. Markets being closed so these are the sorts of actions that we have then. Really pushing for him wanting to see to really stop the spread. And and then making sure that people are -- that protocols and procedures. Win to have having a suspected case or coming in contact with a suspected case so and were -- Looking to see what decisions and announcements will come from some of those meetings today. And we continue to. Responds. Really through training of health workers and training of communities. What to do to try to prevent on -- -- and stop with some us. I was struck by a quote from the president of Sierra Leon who said the disease is beyond the scope. Of any one country or community. To defeat so it does sound as you mentioned that this will be a global effort to contain this crisis doctor. Alan -- and -- -- from medical teams international think you both for joining us. You can keep up with this story in real time by downloading -- ABC news app and starring this story. For exclusive updates on the go for now I'm Gloria Riviera in New York.

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