Dr. Donald Bucklin from US Healthworks Arizona talked with ABC15's Nick Ciletti Saturday morning about the recent Ebola outbreak and what it means for the global community.
Dr. Bucklin said that, although, there have been outbreaks before, more people have been sickened from the virus this time around than all other outbreaks combined.
Those concerned about the two Ebola patients coming to the United States for treatment really shouldn't be worried about contracting Ebola, Dr. Bucklin says.
Fluids are affected by the disease-sweat, diarrhea, vomit, and the like- but aren't really contagious once they are dry, he says.
The victims in West Africa are suffering so much from the virus because of their lack of plumbing and sanitation. Here in the United States, we are very much protected by our indoor plumbing and flushing capabilities.
Dr. Bucklin also said Saturday that Ebola is a difficult disease to diagnose. Before the obvious hemorrhaging state, symptoms include chills, headaches, body aches, fever, and the usual seasonal influenza signs.
Luckily, it appears as though the two patients that traveled to Georgia for treatment are doing better after receiving an experimental injection. Dr. Bucklin says this treatment acts much like snake anti-venom and has antibodies.
Unfortunately, it could take a few months to make as few as 100 doses, so it isn't something that could be mass produced and solved quickly.
The recent outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa. International health experts are now saying it will take a world-wide effort to fight the outbreak and educate populations.