Former Army Intelligence Officer Concerned Over Treating Ebola Patients In U.S.

SNOOK, Texas - The head of the Centers for Disease Control says it is inevitable that the Ebola Virus will spread to the U.S.

But he does not think an outbreak here would be large.

And a local expert is concerned about the decision to bring two Americans infected with the virus back home for treatment.

Don Beavers of Snook has more than 22 years of experience in healthcare and is a former Army Intelligence Officer with backgrounds in counterterrorism and hazardous materials.

"One of the cardinal rules that I was always taught and practiced was you never introduce an extremely dangerous hazard into an environment which it hasn't existed previously and I think that concerned me in this case," said Beavers.

He thinks it would have been better to send our best technology, doctors, and resources to the infected site in Liberia.

"I'm sure everyone's doing everything they can but, but accidents happen," he said.

"This disease does not spread with casual contact.You need to be in contact with sick people and with bodily fluids, so for the most part if you are not involved in direct patient care you are not at risk," said

Dr. Scott Lillibridge, Assistant Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.

He used to work for the CDC.

He can't say if bringing the infected patients to the U.S. was the best decision.

"The CDC Director and others have mentioned... We should be able to contain and control any outbreak or any cases that occur in the United States," said Lillibridge.

"We'll face threats like this from now on and it's just being as diligent and watchful," said Don Beavers.

A new threat the world is watching.

American doctor Kent Brantly, who is infected with Ebola, said in a statement Friday that he's getting stronger every day.

He and another aid worker, Nancy Writebol, are being treated in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Writebol's husband, David, says his wife appears to be improving.

Few details have been released about the specific conditions of the patients.

David Writebol said since his wife arrived in Atlanta, she has received another dose of a treatment that's still in development and has not been tested in humans.


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