August 3rd, 2014
12:39 AM ET

Gupta: We're going to see Ebola around the world

Fareed speaks with Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, about the recent outbreak of Ebola. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

Sanjay, how has this been blocked in the past? Why does this seem unprecedented? Is there something different right now?

You know, in a morbid way, it's because it killed so quickly – it would just burn out. You imagine these remote villages. People weren't moving around as quickly. And the Ebola virus – they would die and before they could start to spread it…it's awful to think about, but that's what was happening.

Now, you have a more mobile group. You have more roads between some of these smaller villages, such as in Guinea, where this originated, and the capital city of Conakry. There are roads. There are all these good passageways now back and forth. And so I think that part of it is certainly contributing. There’s also this idea that there’s a mistrust – I think a little bit of distrust, maybe – even of health care professionals. In part, that's fueled by the fact that there’s no good anti-viral, there’s no good vaccine. So we need to see health care workers show up, they're not offering some panacea to what is happening here.

And so there's not a lot of trust. And a lot of the people who are getting infected aren't hearing the right messages.  And you also have several epidemics sort of starting in different points almost simultaneously now. Usually, it was one place you could target.

Sanjay, how are we going to control the spread? How does one track whether people have Ebola? You think about, as you say, there are roads. There are also trains. There are also planes now. People can get on flights from Liberia, from Sierra Leone. How do we handle this?

Well, I think we're going to hear at some point – I don't know if it's during this outbreak or a future one – we are going to hear about patients with Ebola showing up in other countries in the Western Hemisphere. I can't imagine that not happening, having seen how it all works. And keep in mind, between the time of exposure to the virus and the time someone gets sick, it could be as long as 21 days. It can travel all over the world, obviously, during that time.

I think if there's any good news in this, it's when you think about countries like the United States, Britain, who are having high level discussions on this topic, they are in a much better position to be able to control this. First of all, they could isolate the patient quite quickly, provide fluids and blood clotting factors to try and provide what is called supportive therapy and prevent these patients with the virus becoming epidemics or the source of epidemics.

So I think it's going to happen. We're going to see Ebola around the world. But I think it's not going to turn into lots of mini outbreaks.​

 

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  1. snowboarder

    If Ebola could be contracted through "airborne" transmission you could add 2 if not 3 zeroes to the number of fatalities.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
  2. dotheflippin'math

    Gotta' LMFAO at the conspiracy theorists and other paranoid folk posting here. Read the news and wikipedia, not the fear-mongering fake news sites! Ebola is spread by direct contact/inhalation of BODY FLUIDS. It's not airborne like the flu, which kills far more people worldwide every single year. It's not coming from Mexico, across our border. That's crazy talk! In other related news, the US govt was NOT behind the 9/11 terrorism, we did not create the Ebola virus, and we really did land men on the moon. Take off the tinfoil hats, ignore the liars and psychopaths, and learn the FACTS, or just look like a complete idiot when the end of the world doesn't come.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • patriottony

      REALLY? IF it is soooo easy to avoid transmission, with "normal practices", why do TWO US medical Professionals have it? Wouldn't they be cautious, when treating patients. Further the prescribed procedure is to "ISOLATE/TREAT" not stick them on a plane and bring them to an area that does not have an outbreak...why is this being done? Can anybody explain?
      I mean the CDC in the last 90 days has had screw up after screw up. Just last month the SAME CDC center (atlanta) did not follow DECON procedures and exposed a dozen staff members to a a contagion. This is beyond absurd, to risk the life of even one US citizen,,,bringing them here...

      August 3, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • Jeff

        Bingo!

        August 3, 2014 at 11:46 am |
      • Neicha Georgia

        What Marco said:

        Unbelievable that some moron thought it was a great idea to bring the Ebola infected to another continent.
        UNBELIEVABLE!!!

        August 3, 2014 at 11:50 am |
      • Rich

        Is this an observational medical opinion, or are you a plumber?

        August 3, 2014 at 11:55 am |
      • Mike

        Hey, the doctors and big pharma in the US need more patients to make some more big bucks off of, that's why they are bringing the disease here :o(

        August 3, 2014 at 11:57 am |
      • jrg

        Its easy to use normal isolation procedures in the WEST, not so much in Africa. The two healthcare workers who were brought back to the US were in isolation the entire time.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm |
      • Ryan Fauglid

        The reason they sent the US doctors back is because they need to test treatments for EBOLA. Although, I wouldn't deny that the CDC doesn't have a different motive. I would think that the government could be trying to weaponize the deadly virus. I would think that the US is decided upon it.

        This view is coming from an 11 year old

        August 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
      • albertsonchris

        How did they catch it? Not from anyone they were treating. It was a worker outside the isolation area. In the US there are very good isolation facilities, so don't worry about it.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
      • kottmyer

        If you had to wear a something akin to a spacesuit caring for patients in 100 degree weather, you'd likely start cutting corners and getting exhausted too, near the end of your shift. That's what happened to a lot of these health care professionals in Africa. That won't happen in Atlanta, unless there is a massive power outage.

        CALM DOWN. NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
      • Concern American

        it takes one false move-mistake-error by one person...

        August 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm |
    • moe Johnson

      The U.S. government was Not behind the 9/11 terror attacks? How many times were they warned with the names of the terrorists and what they were going to do? Why was the Pakistani leader of the ISI who was funding the terrorist in Washington during 9/11? You tell me how the U.S. government is not behind it. These aren't conspiracy theories, these are hard facts. Why was Bin Ladin and his family evacuated from Afghanistan into Pakistan and allowed to do so by the U.S. military at the beginning of the military campaign in Afghanistan? Did we kill him in Pakistan? It is easier to believe the government is honest, but 9/11 is a serious thing that we can't just excuse.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Justin

      Well I agree with you about how the media is reporting this outbreak. Unlike the flu, Ebola kills with such ferocity that people infected die before they have contact with many people. Fortunately, this outbreak is only spread through contact with ALL body fluids, (blood, saliva, reproductive fluids, etc.) which makes it easier to contain. Unfortunately, there are four strains of Ebola and one is spread through airborne particles. In the numerous outbreaks in the past, Ebola has not been known to transition from contact to airborne. In the one contained outbreak of Ebola in a country not be named, no humans were infected. In regards to this specific column and with all due respect to Dr. Gupta, he is not an epidemiologist or infectious disease doctor, so he may be over-reacting and contributing to this media storm of Ebola that has not progressed out of several countries in Africa.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
      • katibabi

        Bingo! CNN looking for the 'scary' stories so they have something....anything....to "report".

        August 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm |
    • Jeff

      You apparently don't understand that humans aren't perfect, nor are systems created by humans. Why do these health professionals have the virus? Why did the CDC just go through a serious anthrax exposure? After all, the CDC is supposed to be the best center for pathogens handling in the USA, if not the world.....why? why?...human fallacy.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:46 am | Reply
      • Ryan Fauglid

        Don't forget that they found vials of smallpox's in an old lab that THEY left behind.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm |
      • kottmyer

        The smallpox vials had NOTHING to do with the CDC. NOTHING.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
    • Marco Von Shupen

      Unbelievable that some moron thought it was a great idea to bring the Ebola infected to another continent.
      UNBELIEVABLE!!!

      August 3, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • Rich

        And if one of these people were you son or daughter, mom or dad, bro or sis, and were treated as you say, you would blame the President for deserting these patriots on foreign soil.

        August 3, 2014 at 11:59 am |
      • nigella4u

        I totally agree! They should have treated them there until they were completely well. This will be the beginning for sure. Now anyone going to and from Africa is a huge concern to me, and this country wouldn't dare halt traveling people from going to and from Africa, this country is too greedy.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
      • Tebo

        Oh, but we are Americans and can Do Anything!!! Arrogance!

        I totally agree with your comments. Damn stupid Idea and bloody dangerous.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
    • copernicus222

      That tin foil joke never gets old for you guys eh?

      August 3, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • katibabi

        Not as long as there are nuts wearing them.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
    • toohip4u

      Agree completely. This is a blood-born/body-fluid virus, much like AIDS. AIDS got the same reception when it was revealed, until the media finally was able to calm the fears of people, and show they were not at risk. What makes this disease different than AIDS and it's spread, is that it doesn't have a unique group (gays) to spread it, and right now it's very socio-economic. . meaning it's in poor African countries. But we need to find a treatment or a vaccine.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • dgatwood

        Even when AIDS was first discovered, it didn't cause you to reliably suffer a horrible death within a couple of weeks of getting infected. That's not exactly a minor difference....

        August 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
    • TD

      Ebola not only lives in humans, but in animals, too. Once it establishes itself here, there's no getting rid of it.

      http://news.discovery.com/animals/ebolas-deadly-jump-from-animal-to-animal-140730.htm

      August 3, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • life's not fair

        It takes a very selfish and self centered person to want to come to the states and spread it around here.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
    • Caveman PromKing

      I agree with you chief, but be careful quoting facts from wikepedia and the news- the fact that it contradicts what fringe conspiracy theorist say is, to them, further proof of an all-reaching cover-up.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • Jennifer

      You must have voted for Obama....lol....you don't bring infected people with Ebola into the United States....that's not being paranoid or a psychopath it's common sense. Try speaking intelligently...Two healthcare workers that I'm sure took every precaution to protect themselves now are infected?

      August 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • life's not fair

        Well said Jennifer!! I agree!

        August 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm |
      • snowboarder

        Total fail for Jennifer

        August 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm |
    • Dr. Fine

      In fact, if you happened to read "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston – a NON-FICTION account of the outbreaks of Marburg, Ebola Zaire and Ebola Reston – you would know that Doctors Nancy Jaax and Gene Johnson, who were among the first USAMRIID Ebola researchers BOTH believed Ebola can be spread through the air. If you don't know what you're talking about then don't chime in.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • life's not fair

      You need to take your own advice.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • mike

      ... wow I've seen some people stretch before but taking eboli to say US govt wasn't behind 911 is a true reach... maybe YOU ought to take off the tinfoil hat?

      August 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • RaphaelS

      If the US government or any corporation wanted to spread the Ebola virus here in the US, they'll just do it...very easy to do. Bringing back this doctor is not needed to accomplish that goal. Let's stop reading more into nothing.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • gmouser777

      With one caveat. So far it's not gone aerosol, as far as we know. If it ever does... Watch out.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • senseicg

      Ebola will get here simply by the normal spread routes. People who are exposed but not yet manifesting the disease will enter here or other countries and inadvertently expose others, and so on. Bringing known cases here in a controlled fashion will allow us to get a head start on studying the patients. Especially if one or both survive, we may be able to isolate why they survived over others...a blocking antibody, natural genetic resistance, a certain mode of treatment, who knows. This insight may prove to be invaluable in treating the cases that will eventually make it here. I do certainly understand the concerns of human error causing a breach of containment...I think this situation will be handled quite carefully, given the potential threat.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • swampfox

      Have we all lost our minds bringing this infected person into the united states?

      August 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • DN3

      Lol. It's funny how some people will believe conspiracy theories rather than acknowledge evidence. I bet these are the same people who are atheists and accuse religious people of being crazy. Hypocrites.

      August 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  3. john o

    I am concerned about how the media is reporting this outbreak. There does not seem to be a fact based, reasonable and objective coverage about this virus. Ebola is a problem that needs to be addressed internationally and all countries need to work together to minimize the death toll, but to use terms like " raging", "out of control" and " pandemic" is in my opinion sensationalism. There have been approximately 1700 deaths in 3 countries with a total population of 20 million. This is 85 persons per 100,00. Let's compare Ebola to one other infectious disease. Tuberculosis rate in Africa is 343 per 100,000 according to 2005 WHO figures. While most TB can be treated with antibiotics, drug resistant TB is rapidly increasing world wide. TB is much more easily spread. If Ebola is raging and out of control how will the media describe the next pandemic that is like the 1918 influenza which killed 4% of the world's population, "super raging"? The media needs to put this issue in perspective.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • katibabi

      Exactly, but unfortunately they have learned that by sensationalizing, they get clicks and readers. The same people who take this irresponsible media coverage as fact and they themselves spout off the inaccurate information. Embellishing with their own hysteria. It is something like a game of telephone. Media has contributed to us being "afraid" of just about everything.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Dr. Fine

      There seems to be some mutation in this outbreak that wasn't there in the next largest outbreak in 1976. As you might know, viruses mutate in order to spread more efficiently. There is less than the 90% lethality in this outbreak than there was in the 1976 one, where nearly everyone who got it died. Sounds good, right.

      But, this outbreak has managed to reach far more people and symptoms take longer to develop than in the 1976 outbreak. Thus, Ebola seems to have mutated – trading some of its killing power for the ability to spread wider and more efficiently.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • senseicg

        Good points. Has our general treatment of ventilated patients and management of hemorrhagic complications had an effect on mortality? Our management of sepsis today has improved mortality not by any magic, but rather by paying attention to the little details e.g. Goal-Directed Therapy. I wonder if any of the treatment in the current population of infected patients was any different that in the 70's outbreak??...earlier use of FFP, PCC, fluid volume management, lung-protective ventilation, etc...or has that paradigm not been employed in the current infected population. The people treated here in the US will certainly benefit, albeit only somewhat, by better general critical care therapies than those provided in a 3rd world setting. Thoughts?

        August 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm |
      • DN3

        This was inevitable since this kind of mutation would be of a survival benefit to the virus. It is also inevitable that Ebola will eventually spread to the Americas. Having said that, I'm quite sure that the 2 patients will be safely treated in the US without spreading the disease.

        August 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
  4. John Miller

    Well, yeah! Of course it's going to go global. The U.S. is bringing two people with the disease here. Nothing can go wrong, right? We all trust our government, right? No.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Does Anthrax exposure at the CDC ring a bell?

      August 3, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Rick D

      John, please become knowledgeable about the facts of the disease before you start spewing ignorance. How is it in any way a danger that these Americans coming back to their country for treatment is in any way dangerous? The disease is spread by direct contact ONLY. The patient would have to come into direct contact with each person to infect them all while being in an isolation chamber. There are also NO mutations of Ebola that would make it airborne anytime soon. So, how would this be in any way a danger to our population? Our Government has nothing to do with it except for the fact that the CDC is telling us the Facts. Do you really think that the Dr.s at the CDC are involved in some kind of government conspiracy? When you become a Dr. and treat people in third world countries with these types of diseases and contract one yourself and need treatment at the best facilities in the world, then we will talk...until then please stop posting ignorant comments along with the rest that are too rain dead to comprehend the facts.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  5. moe Johnson

    What? After the 9/11 cover up and inconsistencies and lies, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Americans, two people with Ebola are needlessly brought into the U.S. and now Gupta says we are going to see Ebola around the world?? Why are we going to see Ebola around the world? It is totally preventable and reducible by not touching the dead and keeping new cases isolated. So why is it going to spread around the world? You educate people, eradicate the virus. What is this a warning of what is to come?

    August 3, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • katibabi

      No it is one "media Dr" looking for his 2 cents of sensationalized coverage.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  6. John

    Maybe our media like Gupta shouldn't go visit the tents of health workers treating patients for ebola and then get on flights back to the United States. Completely irresponsible for a TV moment.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:36 am | Reply
  7. Matt

    This makes me evil for saying this but I hope Ebola does go global. Why? Humanity needs a strong lesson on working together. Currently we are a bunch of special interests all competing for some artificial piece of power.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • Humankind

      Agree..As someone said in comments, you educate people, eradicate the virus..whats happening here is "You eradicate people, educate the virus (to become superstrong)!

      August 3, 2014 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • jim2307

      I agree with you that people need an incentive to work together this every man for himself being touted today by the
      right wing is not the way societies thrive but a horrible infectious disease capable of killing with potential to kill tens
      of thousands is not the way to go.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • katibabi

        The right wing doesn't tout off that it's every man for himself. They do however expect people to take responsibility for themselves and pitch in.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm |
    • Defting

      How else could the world recognize a flood of self induced imbeciles making incompetent decisions that negatively affect the lives of uninterested people?

      August 3, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • hornsj2

      Maybe you are competing for some piece of artificial power, but me? I'm running around swatting wildly at the millions of blood sucking parasites who view me as a resource. Man what I would do for some DEET.

      August 3, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • life's not fair

      Amen!!

      August 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  8. Jeff

    Another fine decision by our officials letting a known infected person into the country. The doctor made a mistake somewhere and our doctors can do the same....does the recent Anthrax exposure at the CDC not ring a bell? Thank you government for placing a whole population at known risk. Why not Gitmo, they have top notch medical care there?

    August 3, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • edgar614

      Saying that the "doctor made a mistake" is like saying that a Navy SEAL "made a mistake" when he gets killed because of an ambush from all sides. This doctor was slipping on vomit encrusted floors in the very dirtiest of environments. He was under an extremely dirty and high risk situation where ebola patients were turning the entire room into a festering pit of death. It's amazing that not all doctors get the virus in this situation.

      The situation in the states is precisely the opposite, which is why you need to be more concerned about superflu or nuclear weapons, than ebola.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  9. TheGreenMan

    It is an African disease that will go global due to the dead hand of 'Political Correctness'. If this disease was not exclusively occurring in Africa, the medical prophylaxis of Quarantine would be applied with no question whatsover in order to protect the other four Continents! so far unaffected. As the disease is affecting a 'race-industry approved species'; placing a quarantine barrier around the affected group cannot be done as it would be "racist" to try to prevent non-Africans such as Europeans 'sharing' , nay, being 'enriched' by 'vibrant disease diversity' spread from the Continent of 'promising footballers'.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • akmac61

      Quarantine is applied to known cases and those know to be exposed are monitored closely. The kind of draconian quarantine you are suggesting has nothing to do with political correctness or the lack thereof. It is simple reality that an entire continent cannot realistically be cut off from the rest of the world as some suggest here. Bringing up "political correctness" is merely suggesting that bigotry and prejudice are just fine while attempting to blame others for exposing the truth.
      There are extremists of every belief system who demand that dissent be throttled, whether Muslims or Southern Baptists or Catholics, liberals or conservatives. Usually, the majority of any group are not so dedicated as to deny any form of dissent. That level of control excludes more people than it includes. That is self-defeating.

      August 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • akmac61

        ...known to be exposed...

        August 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
      • DN3

        Well said, but I doubt your reply was understood by the OP. 😉

        August 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    if the virus is as puny as HIV, quarantining would be excessive. If Ebola is not that weak, quarantine on a dramatic scale would have my support.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:49 am | Reply
  11. TD

    Ebola not only lives in humans, but in animals, too. Once it establishes itself here, there's no getting rid of it.

    http://news.discovery.com/animals/ebolas-deadly-jump-from-animal-to-animal-140730.htm

    August 3, 2014 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Defting

      Just make a hamburger out of it, salt it really good, and export it to Canada like everyone else tends to do these days....

      August 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  12. Mary1972

    If countries work together to have a strictly followed protocol, I think Ebola can be contained: Keep the infected isolated totally and cremate the dead with no religious exceptions. I think doctors like Gupta should be more responsible in talking about prevention and treatment.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
  13. Scott

    That's the liberal thinking of these idiots in government and a majority of society today. There is so much we need to be doing for people here in our country, yet we continue to waste billions of dollars on third worlds and wars that do not comcern us!

    August 3, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
  14. sandy sneden

    This is all such a load of BS – Treat the people. This is the the 15th century

    August 3, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  15. Mr. Common Sense

    Stop the dear mongering.

    August 3, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  16. Scott

    This person should have NEVER been brought here... Why take a risk of infecting millions of people here for just 2 people??? It's absurd!!!

    August 3, 2014 at 11:55 am | Reply
  17. Scott

    Treat them where the virus is...NOT HERE!!!

    August 3, 2014 at 11:56 am | Reply
  18. RiverWalker

    ATLANTA (CBS46) –
    "World renowned Dr. Sanjay Gupta said he cannot imagine there would be a risk to the public after news that two American patients infected with the Ebola virus will arrive at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta."

    Now the Doctor says we're gong to see it around the world. Globally.
    I thought the US was part of the Globe?

    August 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  19. bart hooliman

    easy... no flights out of Africa

    August 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      No flights out of Africa? Too late to completely contain the problem, but that would alleviate the immediate emergency of the situation.
      As another writer stated, quarantine of Africa is impossible politically. Europe, yes, but Africa, no.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  20. Concern American

    Sorry, but I'm very concern...what makes you think that the EBOLA VIRUS wont spread here in the USA, when both doctors who were fully dressed with protected suits, gloves and mask? If they did all they could to protect themselves from the EBOLA VIRUS, and still got it, what makes you think it wont SPREAD??? Health workers are at especially high risk, since they are in close contact with infected people and their bodily fluids. Adding to the danger, in the initial stages of infection doctors may mistake an Ebola infection for another, milder illness. So if someone who has the EBOLA VIRUS with SKIN SORE all over their body, takes a shower and washes away dead skin and other fluids (blood), gets into hospitals drains and sewage... will it spread to us from the water? or what if there's a flood, like the drain getting clogged?

    August 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • katibabi

      WOW...you are really "what if-ing" yourself into a real frenzy here aren't you? Go educate yourself – from responsible (not CNN, Fox or Wiki) sources and you won't be so scared.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Concern American

        it's better to be safe than sorry... nothing wrong with preparing for the worse... and using your head.

        August 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm |
    • life's not fair

      Good point. Thinking out of the box is not a strong suit for many American's. They are never preventative or put forethought into anything but love all the drama in the aftermath of a disaster that could have been prevented in the first place. American's as a whole are a bunch of dimwitted dummies.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • snowboarder

        Based on your comments so far, "life's not fair" you're clearly among that group.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
    • kottmyer

      They likely were infected because their protective suits got extremely hot in the 100 degree weather they were operating in, and they got exhausted and cut corners. They got infected because a lot of health care workers got infected - those are the ones dealing with infected feces, vomit, urine, and blood. You planning on dabbling in any of that? No? Then calm down, before you have a stroke.

      August 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Concern American

        anything can happen... don't be so naïve! Why couldn't they treat the doctors there? why take the chance of infecting others here in the US?

        August 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
    • Concern American

      patriottony

      REALLY? IF it is soooo easy to avoid transmission, with "normal practices", why do TWO US medical Professionals have it? Wouldn't they be cautious, when treating patients. Further the prescribed procedure is to "ISOLATE/TREAT" not stick them on a plane and bring them to an area that does not have an outbreak...why is this being done? Can anybody explain?
      I mean the CDC in the last 90 days has had screw up after screw up. Just last month the SAME CDC center (atlanta) did not follow DECON procedures and exposed a dozen staff members to a a contagion. This is beyond absurd, to risk the life of even one US citizen,,,bringing them here...

      August 3, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply

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  21. It's the end of the world

    Ebolanato it could happen

    August 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • life's not fair

      That is what they are thinking in Africa.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Concern American

      No, it's using your head.

      August 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  22. Tom

    It's about time! The best thing that could happen to this planet and the human race would be if five or six billion people died. This is what happens when you cram twice as many people on the Earth than it can reasonably sustain.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • snowboarder

      But of course you'd be among the 1-2 billion remaining...

      August 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • thomas

      You're an idiot. The planet can and does support almost 8 billion of us just fine. Learn your facts. Man made issues are just that – not the fault of overpopulation.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  23. KenC

    There is this other virus that cannot be spread airborne/ It is called Norovirus. Like Ebola, CDC says it is not airborne and can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids and objects contaminated by a sick person. For those that don't know Norovirus, it is also known as the cruise ship sickness. It spreads like wildfire and lots of people get sick if there are lots of people around. Unlike Ebola, Norvirus can be spread very quickly after infection. Here is my point:Just because a disease is not known to spread through air, does not mean it it not easily transmittable. We don't know how Ebola is. Up until now it has been found in remote, almost prehistoric-type villages where it kills off everyone before spreading. So we don't know how it will spread in a suburban or urban area. We do know that it has left the villages this time and has likely escaped its origin and started to go global (not even counting its importation to the US this weekend for study). We do not know exactly how Ebola spread or how it will spread in a Western country. We have models and guesses. We are about to find out. It is not the fault of CDC or Democrats or Republicans or terrorists. It is a natural outbreak and it may have global impact if it does not burn itself out. Quarantines are unrealistic and will not work. Enjoy the ride.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • katibabi

      Take a deep breath and go learn something instead of spreading wild scenarios. We have been studying the disease since 1976 and know a good deal about it. You on the other hand, apparently do not.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
      • KenC

        Who are "you" and "we"? what are your credentials? If people know so much then why is this getting out of control? Why and how did two doctors trained in Western medicine get themselves infected if they knew the risks and took precautions? I am not spreading fear, rather stating the obvious that we don't really have any idea what is going on or the implications. We are in reactionary mode.

        August 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm |
    • Concern American

      what if it does go airborne? then what? still why take the chance of bringing it to the US?

      August 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  24. Pat Brady

    For the benefit of the US and the World, lets hope for a major outbreak that wipes out most of the politicians and bloated bureaucracy in DC.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • sashmcsuperfly

      Thanks for wishing for my death and the death of virtually everyone I know.

      Go get hit by a car.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  25. Mopery

    That's great! It starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane, Lenny Bruce is not afraid...

    August 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • snowboarder

      Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn, World serves it's own needs...

      August 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  26. MattH

    News flash: Ebola has been in North America since 1977. We've been studying it in labs in Atlanta and elsewhere to try to save you "human beings" and your lack of compassion and empathy. Turn off you computers and enjoy your lives if you cant reasonably hear the news.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • snowboarder

      Exactly. The lack of compassion on these boards by so many (even when accounting for all the trolls) is, quite frankly, disgusting. That certainly has me much more alarmed about our future than Ebola does.

      August 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  27. Dan

    This is another example of CNN's demise. They glom onto a morbid story, just like they did with the missing Maylasian airline, and keep the story going and going and going. It's totally unprofessional for Doc Sanjay to scare people unnecessarily about Ebola. Let's put this into perspective with the last big outbreak that CNN scared us about several years ago... that being SARS. In the end SARS (which is actually more scary because it was an airborne virus) affected 8,000 people worldwide and killed about 800. While CNN reported that it would be in virtually every major country, it only showed up in Asian countries, with just a few cases in the US and Europe (and that's because those folks caught it in Asia). But guess what... those folks got on airplanes and didn't infect others like CNN predicted. Every credible world health agency says its very unlikely Ebola will be transmitted on airplanes. But not CNN's Doc Sanjay... he's got a quota to fill... called reporting for money. CNN has become the joke of professional news.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  28. Mel Stricker

    The best part of this article (if there might be a good part) are the number of people who comment with their vast knowledge of everything. Form the international spread of infectious diseases to their medical expertises regarding Ebola specifically and viruses in general to their understanding of the news media and government conspiracies.

    Thank you everyone for making a sad story so amusing.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  29. Damien McCarron

    That's really terrible reporting, blatant ratings grab. No more CNN in this house. Doctor in name only, I guess the morals of the profession are beyond him.

    August 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
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