Emory University Hospital, based in Atlanta, Ga., is receiving nasty emails and telephone calls for treating two U.S. aid workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia.
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol became infected with Ebola while working at a missionary clinic in Liberia, where over 700 people have died, according to the World Health Organization.
Dr. Brantly is currently being treated at Emory in a special isolation unit from which no virus can escape. His own family, including his wife, is only allowed to communicate with him via thick glass walls. Writebol, a Christian missionary, is expected to arrive this week from Liberia and will be cared for in a similar unit, notes Reuters.
Dr. Brantly has insisted that the only antidote available at Emory be given to Writebol. It's not clear what the antidote is, as there is no known cure for Ebola.
However, conservative websites such as InfoWars.com and DrudgeReport.com have run sensation fear-mongering headlines, demonizing the two sick Americans and claiming President Obama is trying to bring the Ebola virus to the U.S. in some type of evil conspiracy plot.
“I hope our understandable fear of the unfamiliar does not trump our compassion when ill Americans return to the U.S. for care,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), reports The Independent.
However, compassion has been trumped by fear and ignorance in Atlanta.
"I really hate that they had to bring them here, but I guess it’s something they had to do,” said resident John Duncan, noted CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
“If, God forbid, this thing breaks out of the Emory Center where it is, and I understand some precautions have been taken, but nevertheless there is some sort of risk… We’ve never had this thing on our soil, we don’t know what the effects would possibly be,” added resident Matthew Stevenson.
Thankfully, there are some educated residents in Atlanta such as graduate student Phil Graham, who stated, "My minor in graduate school in biochemistry, so I’m not in anyway freaked out by this."