The “hero” Ebola doctor testimony before Congress last month confirms Ebola can spread by touch.
Dr. Kent Brantly, who survived Ebola, told of a “Good Samaritan” named Francis who contracted the disease as he carried an Ebola stricken man into a taxi.
“Like most patients at first, [Francis] was fearful, but he eventually shared the story of how he contracted the disease. ‘Doc, I remember who the man was,’ he said. ‘His condition worsened in his home, and his wife made the decision to take him to the hospital. Everyone around them fled, so I helped his wife carry him to the taxi.’ On his way to the hospital that man died. Had someone come alongside Francis with training and some basic personal protective equipment, his family might still have their husband, father and son, and the world might still have this Good Samaritan. Unfortunately Francis fell victim to Ebola and died.”
“We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast moat of the Atlantic Ocean will keep the flames away from our shores,” Dr. Kent Brantly told a congressional committee, roughly two weeks before a Liberian man came down with Ebola in Texas.