Transcript for Battling the Ebola Virus at Home
For the first time in history, doctors in the United States will battle the ebola virus. One of the two patients will arrive from Africa tomorrow. And you can see the air tight tent. It's an isolation pod that will carry the patients here. Back in the hot zone in Africa tonight, soldiers trying to prevent panic in the streets. We have Dr. Richard Besser, who has tracked deadly disease es such as ebola. Reporter: Tonight, word those two missionaries stricken with ebola, now stable enough to fly. Nancy writebold and Dr. Kent Brantley expected to be transported one at a time in a specially designed aircraft. Inside a disposable tent to protect the crew from the deadly virus. They will fly more than 5,000 miles from Liberia to the United States, landing at Dobbins air force base in Georgia, then spirited to nearby Emory university hospital, one of just four top-level biocontainment units in the country prepared to handle the nation's first ever case of ebola. We need to keep this contained and keep the general public safe. Reporter: The patients will be brought to a secure unit, similar to this one at the university of Nebraska. This video shows how an infected patient can be transported on a tented gurney to isolate them. It's called an isopod. You can have a patient, examine them using these gloves. Reporter: At Emory, each patient will be tended by two specially trained nurses and four infectious disease experts. All suited up in taped-on full-body protective gear. This is the emery isolation room. I will be one of the individuals coming into direct contact. I have no concerns about my personal health or the other health care workers in that unit. Reporter: Here at CDC command center, the nation's top experts monitoring it all. People are scared. Why should America let people back in who have ebola? Well, first, we really want to stop the outbreak where it is happening. That's going to protect people, caregivers and the U.S. Best. But I really hope that people's fears don't overtake their compassion. Reporter: Remember, it can only be spread with close contact with body fluids. The CDC is also sending 50 disease detectives to western Africa, where the death toll has soared to more than 700. In Liberia, empty streets on the capital. The military deployed as panic rises. Disinfectant sprayed in public places. Handwashing stations up outside supermarkets. Doctors without borders today calling the epidemic "Out of control," their staff, "Pushed to the limits." In Atlanta, the first patient arrives tomorrow. They tell me they're ready, and hope to give them the best treatment they can. Next, another American doctor that worked in the same hot zone with one of the infected missionaries. He placed himself in quarantine here at home. Today, he spoke with Ron Claiborne. Reporter: This was Dr. Allen Jamison three weeks ago. And this is him today, we're Skyping with him because he's in complete isolation. He quarantined himself when he returned three days ago. He's concerned he may have been exposed in Liberia. So, he went straight to his own house, not touching anyone. Now, he's home alone. No one allowed in, and monitors his temperature twice a day for fever, one of the early symptoms of ebola. I'm feeling very comfortable. Reporter: How confident are you that you have not contracted it? I'm very confident because I don't have any symptoms. Reporter: He's done previous volunteer work. He wore full protective gear any time he had contact with a patient. And last Saturday, he was with Dr. Kent Brantley, who has been infected. And he says he's willing, even wants to go back. I would have no problems with returning. This is a mission I've chosen in life. To be of maximum service to others. And let me show you a photo of Dr. Jamison with his wife. She is out of town, and he shows no signs of symptoms. And you said it's about two more weeks now? Two more weeks, he should be safe. And we know you have so many questions about the outbreak. After this program, our Dr. Richard Besser will be answering your questions, so visit the ABC news Facebook page. Now, the news of all the
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