Ebola infected Americans head home

Two Americans are going back to the US where they will receive treatment after being infected by Ebola.

FILE: A picture taken on 24 July 2014 shows a staff member of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse spraying product as he treats the premises outside the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Two Americans are heading back to the US where they will receive treatment after being infected by the Ebola disease in West Africa.

The first patient is expected to arrive this afternoon at Georgia's Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

A second American infected with Ebola in Liberia will then be picked up and taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

According to the World Health Organisation more than 1,300 people have been affected and over 700 have been killed by the virus in recent weeks in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Doctor William Fischer from the North Carolina University's School of Medicine recently returned from Guinea where he treated patients affected by the virus.

"It's often portrayed as a dramatic virus but it can be easily controlled, because transmission occurs via direct contact with infected bodily fluids."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape health department says despite chances of the Ebola virus breaking out in South Africa being low, it has put in place a contingency plan should such cases be reported.

The department says Tygerberg Hospital will be dedicated to contain the virus, should there be an outbreak in the province.

The provincial health department's Helene Russouw said the facility has a dedicated unit to deal with the virus.


West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have announced a cross-border isolation zone sealing off the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, as health chiefs warn the epidemic is spiralling out of control.

This involves a cross-border region in West Africa which has seen more than 70 percent of the epidemic.

The leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have met to launch a $100 million action plan, which will see several hundred more medical staff deployed.

Furthermore, there have been conflicting reports regarding suspected cases of the virus in South Africa.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says there were six requests to be tested but none of these were positive.

The health department has slammed these reports saying that if such cases existed they would've been the first to know.

Video: Ebola patients back in the US.