Thursday, 7 August 2014
NEWS:: 'Why Would We Bring That Into Our Country?' Dr. Ben Carson Says He Wouldn't Have Brought Ebola Infected Missionaries to US
Renowned neurosurgeon and possible 2016 presidential hopeful,
Dr. Benjamin Carson criticized the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention Monday for bringing two Ebola infected
missionaries to the U.S. for treatment, citing the highly
contagious and deadly nature of the disease.
"Why would we bring that into our country? Why would we
expose ourselves when we already know that there are problems
that can occur and have occurred," said Carson, who is a former
director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University
and Hospital, in an interview with Newsmax TV.
"Ebola is a terrifying disease. If you don't treat it, close to 90
percent of the people will die," said Carson.
Two missionaries, Dr. Ken Brantly, 33, who works with
Samaritan's Purse and Nancy Writebol, 59, an aid worker with
SIM, are both being treated at a special unit set up at Emory
University Hospital in collaboration with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, after being infected
with the deadly virus while working in Liberia. They were both
flown to the U.S. in the last few days after receiving doses of a
trial serum call ZMapp and are now reportedly improving.
Dr. Carson, however, does not believe it was a wise move to
treat them stateside.
"I'm a little concerned that we're bringing it back here. I think we have the ability to treat it in other places," said Carson.
"The reason I would be concerned about bringing it back here is
because it is transmitted primarily through bodily fluids. And it
can actually survive outside of the host, outside of the body for
several days at least. Which means that, let's say a container or
urine or vomit or whatever for whatever reason, gets
disseminated into the public, you got a big problem," he noted.
"Why do we even risk such a thing when we can send experts
elsewhere? We can send a plane equipped to handle this
somewhere to land. We can create parts of a hospital
somewhere. We have lots of options," explained Carson.
When asked if he thought it was a mistake for the CDC and
Emory University Hospital to bring the missionaries back to the
U.S. for treatment, Carson said: "I certainly would treat it where
it is and then once we have cured the individuals, bring them
back with open arms."
"It is a highly contagious disease and all it requires is
infractions in some procedures and all of a sudden you got more
spread, and that's what I am afraid of," said Carson.