What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus and Emory University Hospital

Emory Healthcare New BrandThere has been much discussion about bringing patients with Ebola back into our country. Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff can treat them safely and effectively, and we are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving on a humanitarian mission. These two Americans want to come back home and be treated here, and we are committed to helping them. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.

Emory University Hospital is one of the very few hospitals in the country equipped to provide their care. Our highly trained staff and physicians are ready to receive both patients and provide them outstanding care of the highest quality. The patients will be housed in a physically separate and highly specialized unit that was intentionally designed and constructed to receive patients such as these.

We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for these patients. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.

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  • Carol

    Thank you for you willingness to take care of these Ebola patients.

  • Louise

    I am appalled, sickened and angry that you have brought a deadly incurable disease into this country by transporting and treating persons known to have the Ebola virus, risking the health and welfare of all American citizens.
    You have no concern for the public at large. Instead of protecting the majority of the population you have chosen your own agenda!!!! God have mercy on us, for you, the CDC, and the United States government don’t.

  • anne h.

    Good for Emory! These two patients will get the very best of care in the world.

  • JAG

    So is this a BSL-4 Facility, or isn’t it? This is Ebola, not chicken pox. And you are sharing the same building with other patients?

  • Holly Vigesaa

    Hello, I read on WebMD.com that the patients’ waste will enter the public water sewer system, but I can’t find anything regarding that on your website. Is this true?
    Thank you!

  • mary s.

    has anyone ever tried ionic/ colloidal silver as a treatment for ebola and other virus and bacterial infections?

  • Steve

    Researchers at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg deliberately infected six piglets with the ebola virus and put them in pens where macaque monkeys were housed in wire cages.

    Within eight days all four monkeys caught the virus through indirect contact, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

    Q: What if there is a Pandemic and 1000’s even 100’s of 1000’s are infected? Can Emory and the 3 other existing facilities care for these patients as well as protect the rest of the population from exposure?

    Q: What “Containment Level” is your unit? Level 1? Level 2? Level 3? Level 4?

  • Susan D.

    What are you doing to make sure that the Ebola virus is not released into our sewer and water system?

    • Gail S.

      It is the character of Emory to treat these patients with compassion and with extensive medical expertise and resources they have available. Ebola will eventually show up in America because of all the international travel. I’m sure Emory will learn more about this disease and share that knowledge to benefit future issues with Ebola. My husband and I expect to continue our routine at Emory.

  • Louie C.

    I am curious, why was Dr Brantly allowed to walk off of the ambulance to where he would be treated, why not on a gurney? According to the video there was a walkway that led to an unknown destination BUT Dr. Brantly and the other medical personnel were allowed to walk DIRECTLY on to rocks that could have compromised the integrity of the Bio suit they were both wearing.

  • Sarah B.

    Emory is a ray of sunshine in the storm of ebola. Illness is scary, it takes courageous people to move past that fear—care for the sick and work on a cure. Best wishes to your patients and your organization for doing what is right.

  • Jill G.

    God Bless your facility for your outreach and admission of Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol. At a time when it was easy for others to be gripped by fear and misinformation, you have taken in these 2 courageous souls and have offered them a place to heal. In the midst of so much negative publicity, I just wanted to say “good for you”. Jill

  • Georgia Ashbaugh

    Why are the caregivers who are directly involved in the special unit at Emory and the CDC, not being quarantined as they care for these patients. I understand that CDC personnel who work in labs with dangerous viruses are not routinely quarantined. However, these sick patients were also following strict guidelines and yet they got Ebola. So I ask again, why are the caregivers not being keep out of the general public until the 21 day incubation time, from the last possible exposure, is monitored. These caregivers should be housed somewhere very close to the unit and be supplied all the comforts of home. The spokespeople for Emory and the CDC say they are doing everything they can to treat these patients and keep the public safe. But they are not willing to take this extra step?

  • Robin A

    Thank you for accepting the patients with ebola. Hopefully they recover and techniques on infection control can be learned and improved through your willingness to help them. Bless your hearts!

  • Cynthia C.

    I am among many who are sending prayers for the full recovery of the patients. Also prayers of thanks for your facility ans people who are working to help them.

  • iGreg

    This is madness. Utter madness to deliberately introduce people infected with a deadly organism into our country. If safety procedures prevent its spread then how did these trained medical professionals get infected? If I was a patient in your hospital I would demand to be moved. Come to think of it, if I was any where near your hospital I would get out of town.

  • Tim M.

    I am still wondering why bring infected patients here in the US? Especially in such a heavily populated area? It just seems such a high risk and possible potential for an outbreak to happen in the US. Even the best laid plans have flaws. Concerned Georgia resident.

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  • Judi C.

    please tell the patients to give all thanks to lord our God and not man. pray always

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  • Gary Price

    Sarepta Therapeutics has a very safe drug for Ebola and is percent effective…

    • Gary Price

      this drug is very effective and safe.

  • MT

    There are many heroes in medicine; I know, since I’m a physician’s daughter. Your facility is another heroic institution treating, with compassion and competence, two people who are undoubtedly incredibly brave. Thank you and keep the good work, Emory.

  • toby fair

    I am curious what do you guys use for a disinfectant? We use “cavi-wipes” at the hospital where I work. Is there a specific time surfaces must remain wet?

  • Larry M.

    The biggest US cities with people from Ebola-impacted countries in West Africa. It would seem that there is likely to be travel between those countries and these cities.


    New York city is at the top of this list with far and away the largest population of West Africans. I don’t see how its not helpful to have a travel ban to help us control this?

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