American Ebola virus patients to come back to U.S.

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MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) – The two American workers that contracted the Ebola virus in Africa are being prepared to be moved back to the states.

According to Dr. James Turner, the Center for Disease Control knows how to handle these patients.

He also says that bringing them back into the country might not really be our biggest problem.

“I think there would be some concern over other people travelling from that area back to the country,” Turner said. “The incubation period can be from 2 to 21 days and that means theoretically you can be exposed, it may be almost three weeks before you become ill.”

The Ebola virus effects the body’s blood clotting mechanism, which causes internal and external bleeding. The bleeding can eventually lead to death.

Turner has been to Africa on a mission like the workers that contracted the virus were. He says that the areas they have to work in make it difficult to really get much done.

“When you get out in the bush there’s no electricity, let alone any type of equipment, or any health care really at all,” Turner said.

Turner says that while the Ebola virus is scary, it’s important to remember that the flu kills around 100,000 people in the U.S. every year. The Ebola virus has yet to claim an American life.

Officials believe that the virus originated in fruit bats.

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