An undisclosed number of Ebola patients have been evacuated to the United States, an amount far greater than has been publicized, according to the vice president of a company that contracts with the State Department to transport patients.
Dent Thompson of Phoenix Air Group says that “a lot of other people” suffering from an Ebola “exposure event” have been evacuated by his company from West Africa, according to the Daily Mail. The actual number of Ebola evacuees to the United States is unknown, in accordance with medical privacy laws. Though Phoenix Air Group’s contract doesn’t allow Thompson to speak at length, he nevertheless claims that the number of Ebola evacuations is far higher than has been reported in the media.
“We moved a lot of other people who had an exposure event,” Thompson said. “Many times these people are just fine, they just had an exposure. But you have to treat it as though the disease is present.”
According to Yahoo News, Thompson’s company has flown 10 Ebola-related missions to West Africa in the last six weeks. Not all of those flights were meant to evacuate patients, however, as Phoenix Air Group also transports supplies for the State Department.
Dr. Kent Brantly was the first Ebola patient evacuated to the United States for treatment, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Along with fellow missionary Nancy Writebol, he has successfully recovered. Two others, Dr. Rick Sacra and an unidentified doctor, are currently being treated for Ebola in the U.S.
Dr Kent Brantly, US doctor who survived Ebola virus donates blood to treat another infected doctor Rick Sacra pic.twitter.com/oNVQPJA5dS
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Thompson predicts that the Georgia-based company isn’t through evacuating Ebola victims for the State Department.
“There will be a certain number of people who, through no fault of their own, will have an exposure event, and they are immediately identified and immediately extracted,” he posited.
Pointing out the security measures that Phoenix Air Group takes when dealing with the Ebola outbreak, Thompson said that all evacuees, including those without a confirmed diagnosis, are kept in an isolation chamber for the flight from West Africa, which takes 12-14 hours.
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When asked, Thompson declined to reveal locations in the U.S. to which Ebola evacuees may have been transported.
[Image via The Daily Mail]