Update on American Ebola Patient Being Treated in Nebraska

Patient being treated at Nebraska Medical Center contracted deadly virus in Liberia.
8:03 | 09/06/14

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A very special delivery motorcade an ambulance carrying an American Doctor Who contracted the deadly Ebola Virus. Doctor Richard Sachs group flown in from Liberia and taking for care and treatment -- specialist facility within the Nebraska medical center in Omaha. Let's talk us through -- what is going on right now for the treatment. You know. When when we look at what you can do to treat the people it's mainly supportive care it's providing fluids you lose a lot of fluids when you're sick with the bullets providing those fluids it's monitoring its giving. Good nutritional support. Did the previous two Americans who were treated in the United States received an experimental drug Z map well that's no longer available we've run out of the supply of that drug. And one thing we heard -- during the the press conferences they are considering whether to give doctors take -- a a blood product from people who have survived a bullet. That might can be contain immune factors that could help him fight that disease in fact. I do want to listen to submit a news conference if we -- play that. Pleased to relate to -- brief update on outpatient that was transferred. Successfully from West Africa early this morning the transfer really went very very smoothly and the patient is up in our bio containment unit. Are patient is sick but stable and worth taking appropriate care of the station which we will continue to do so. And our unit is a specially designed. Exactly for this type of -- patient and for this purpose. It's a very safe environment for the patient as well as -- our health care providers and the rest of our patients. Would however emphasize that we are taking this as an added precaution and really. Contact isolation precautions. Would suffice for caring for this type of patient. We know -- as a dangerous virus but it's not particularly contagious it's not spread via an airborne route. But -- spread by direct contact with blood and body fluids and so we're taking. All appropriate precautions to make sure that we care for this patient safely. So our number one priority needless to say is to provide extraordinary care to the simple effective patient and to protect our health care workers and our community. I think it's important to remember that in bullet does not present a public health threat to the United States. However. This. Ebola case at the university of Nebraska medical -- are. -- really makes -- point that Ebola and other global infections are. Local issues and not just global issues and this isn't necessarily because people would be sent here to -- in question about the medical center. Exceptional care. But because of airline travel and the possibility that somebody may show up at any hospital -- within not just the United States but worldwide in guarded and seen that happen. In West Africa. The point being that the longer the current outbreak goes on it's really inevitable that we will continue to see additional spread worldwide. And why it's so important to really shut down this outbreak -- soonest possible. And all of you -- quite familiar with this. Happening we saw this with -- cases for example in the United States just very recently so these diseases global diseases present local issues to us. Here in Nebraska and in the United States. Now has you just heard doctor marks -- say. With meticulous infection control of all the patients can be treated in any health care facility in the United States. That said we're really honored to be chosen to provide extraordinary -- to this patient. Not just because of this actually of protection -- bio containment facility. But because of our dedicated trained and really exemplary hospital staff. Who understand what it means to. Do serious medicine. -- -- when -- your thoughts -- maybe that's it right there the most startling from the deal because of public health science at the spread of the bullets quote inevitable. The Ollie Kahn -- is a friend of mine he just came to the university from the CDC. Where he was in charge of outbreak response and and so he really gets it. In an outbreak of disease anywhere in the world is relevant everywhere in the in the world and and the reason for that is is global travel we are global war the society we we are very -- while. And they and so it is I think inevitable that someone will travel to the United States from the affected region. And will present to an American hospital with that with in a bowl -- infection. The good news is that our health care system is able to handle that. And the likelihood of it spreading beyond. A few people at most is is the is very very small. So we need to be ready for that we need to always. As doctors ask patients who are sick when they travel. But it but I do expect that we will see some cases of the -- In the United States and other countries around the world and you just returned from Monrovia yourself the situation there hasn't been stabilizes. -- any improvement then what it has been over the past couple of weeks in this situation in Liberia is is out of control -- I interviewed. -- top leader from the World Health Organization today doctor KG Fukuda and and he is extremely concerned about that situation and and I've never seen an outbreak situation like the one I saw last week in in Liberia. -- -- a situation where patients are not able to get the care that they need where patients who are -- -- remaining in the community and and continuing to spread disease. The type of response that we need to see around the world this is just not happening. -- glimmers of hope as as medical facilities are being built. But so much of the burden is being borne by. Nongovernmental groups like Doctors Without Borders there has to be a lot more response from governments themselves the the the pressure being put on a small organizations as you pointed out there. Why is -- that it's not being responded to and more in an impact the way I think that's that's a very important question it's very easy to to be. Here oceans away from the the problem and and say it's some a someone else's issues it's not -- an American issue. What what these three Americans with a bowl I have have brought home is. That there is risk -- I sat down with Nancy right -- in North Carolina the other day and and she said if there's any silver lining in her illness it's that. Her illness and -- -- illness and Rick stickers illness. Brings American attention to this this problem it puts a face on this problem. That for many people we're wooden image it was just a problem -- in another part of the world that was not relevant here. As you pointed -- the supply of -- map that experimental drug. Has been depleted but where's the pharmaceutical community stand right now in and that quest for finding any kind of treatment. Well the -- this scientific research reds he map is very encouraging the latest studies are very encouraging. Just today the World Health Organization called for the use of experimental products that called for the use of a blood products. But that has to be done very carefully we're talking about a -- part of the world where screaming about blood products for infectious diseases is not routinely done. To the level that you want to see and so you want to make sure that. If you're giving somebody a blood product from someone who survived a -- you're not infecting them with with malaria -- with HIV or with -- here with. -- other infections that may be in the region you want to make sure you doing no harm. Why you're trying to improve the that the chances of survival. Growing concern about this doctor Richard -- with the latest on Ebola outbreak -- best thank you for your time always appreciate it. Of course you can stay with us for the latest developments on the Ebola outbreak in real time by downloading ABC news -- star and the story for exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm down -- anymore.

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