UGA Professor Discusses Ebola Concerns

29 August 2014

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa. University of Georgia Assistant Professor Dr. Tamora Callands conducts research in Liberia, which has been ravaged by the disease. She says patients who were brought to Atlanta are fortunate for the level of care they receive.

“It’s a good thing that they’re coming here, because they are getting the treatment that they need to get that would, otherwise, if they had stayed in Liberia would not be available to them. What I would say to them is that it’s less about the people that are concerned about getting it, versus we need to be more concerned about the people in Liberia and actually stopping the disorder,” Callands said.

She says those expressing concern over the disease spreading here needn’t worry.

“Because we do have protective gear. Because we do have access to appropriate sanitation and hazard control,” according to Callands.

Dr. Callands and a group of graduate students visited Liberia in June.

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