Sacramento Filipinos await Ebola virus confirmation in area hospital

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The two Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia have been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

American doctor Kent Brantly and North Carolina missionary Nancy Writebol, who both contracted Ebola while treating infected Liberian patients were given an experimental treatment called ZMapp.

Zmapp is a cocktail of genetically engineered antibodies which includes indigenous Australian tobacco plants.

“The medical staff here at Emory is confident that the discharge from the hospital of both of these patients poses no public health threat,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner, Asst. Prof. of Medicine.

Meanwhile in a Sacramento, Calif. neighborhood with a Filipino presence, public health officials declined to disclose the identity of the patient who is currently being tested for the Ebola virus after returning from one of the West African countries affected by the disease.

The patient is currently held in isolation at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Center.

“That patient has been evaluated by the health care personnel and the local health department personnel deemed to be low risk,” said Dr. Gil Chavez, Dept. Dir. for the Center for Infectious Diseases.

Located directly across the street from the hospital is a Filipino-owned veterinary clinic and a Filipino buffet.

Members of the Filipino community shared mixed reactions to the possible virus being contained just the other side of the road.

“I’m gone,” said Elk Grove resident Rene Aveleda.

Aveleda works at the Sari Sari Filipino buffet and says he’s concerned for his safety and the safety of the restaurant’s patrons especially that to this day there is no specific vaccine or cure against Ebola.

“They suspect so anything can happen,” said Aveleda. “They don’t know if it’s a virus or Ebola, anything happens. It’s what we say, “the unknown.”

Meanwhile next door at the pet clinic, Antonio and Remy Solomon say that they are confident in Kaiser’s ability to contain the possible virus.

“No, I am not too concerned about it because like they said Kaiser is very capable of handling it,” said Antonio Solomon, D.V.M. “I think the guy is already in isolation.”

The Solomon’s say they are more concerned with the Filipino staff who work at the hospital.

“You never know probably they might contract it also,” said Solomon. “So that is what we are worried about.”

Though there are mixed opinions from the Sacramento Filipino-American community, they are anxiously waiting for the test results which will confirm if it is the suspected Ebola virus. The results will come in a few days.

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  • Juan
    21 August 2014 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    Balitang Amerika, isinulat mo pa na may EBOLA sa Kaiser South Sacramento, wala nang kakain sa Pinoy restaurant at maraming nang huwag magbakasyon sa Sacramento.