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Dr. Sanjay Jain: Ebola Could Easily Come to US

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 12:10 PM

Healthcare workers treating the African Ebola outbreak need to assume everyone they come in contact with has been exposed to the virus, Dr. Sanjay Jain said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

A fourth doctor U.S. aid worker recently contracted the disease and has been flown to Atlanta for treatment.

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"These physicians are well trained," Jain said. "A lot of times they're not even really aware that they were exposed so you almost have to take the assumption that you are going to be exposed and you have to take care of who you are in contact with, because this is a disease of contact. So you have to be very careful and stringent hand washing, double gloving, wearing the proper gowns."

Given the explosion of the contagious virus, Jain said it's extremely risky, though necessary, for doctors to treat Ebola patients.

"It is necessary because of the lack of healthcare workers available, I mean they're dying," he said. "We have 152 workers and out of 79 died from the Ebola virus died in Liberia."

The shortage of doctors is "shockingly low," according to Jain, who said that in Liberia alone there is just one doctor for every 1,000 people.

"I really think that these healthcare workers coming in is really going to be a problem and that's a concern," Jain said. "Now they're talking about the military coming in and trying to help out, so there's a lot of logistics that these healthcare workers coming in is really going to be a problem and that's a concern."

The disease, which has a 90 percent fatality rate, according to the World Health Organization, is "spreading as wildfire" and can easily reach the United States if something isn't done, according to Jain.

"It's just like we have wildfires in California," he explained. "You try to put them out and you've got one little area that picks up and … it just blows up. That's kind of what happened. We had a small window of optimism where things were looking pretty good but then again one or two stray people went beyond quarantine and spread the disease and so it's a wildfire, that's how I call it, because it's something that has to be contained. We have to be very aggressive and it's very serious because if you don't contain it in these countries it can spread in other countries in Africa and who knows when it can reach our borders."

In recent weeks, Jain said he has become increasingly alarmed.

"My tune has changed," he said. "It's very concerning. I'm very comfortable with the healthcare here but because of how we're all interconnected globally, it's a big concern. These aren't just villages; we're talking about big cities in Africa. There's a lot of airports that are connected, go to Europe … and can go to America."

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