A plane that took off from Georgia to bring back two Ebola-infected Americans stirred fearful reactions on social media.
Many have posted on Twitter and Facebook, requesting that the patients not be brought back to the U.S., where they could increase the chance of an Ebola outbreak in the country. Some people even created a petition to urge the patients to stay in Africa.
— Sorority Tweets (@Sorority_Tweets) August 1, 2014
america needs to stop trying to be a “hero.” focus on your citizens that are dying from poverty in the cities. #EbolaOutbreak
— twistout fairy (@charcharpants) August 1, 2014
— Matt Labucki (@MattLabucki) August 1, 2014
According to CNN, the specially equipped flight that took off Thursday, July 31, from Cartersville, Georgia, could bring back the two infected Americans, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantley, from Liberia to a treatment facility in Atlanta.
Dr. Charles Chiu, a virologist from the University of California San Francisco, said the two would have the best chance to recover with U.S. medical technology.
If the patients were brought back, they would be the first known Ebola-infected patients to come into the country.
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Though many Americans express concern with bringing in Ebola patients to the country, CNN said it is “virtually inevitable.” The symptoms of the virus, which are deadly but not too contagious, break out slowly, so there is a chance of an infected person coming into the country without any ill signs when landing.
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