By John SimpsonThe BBCHealth correspondentI’ve had a few patients come in and say they’ve been in a hospital, a GP said, and the general practitioner said they’ve had to wear protective gear, I’m a little worried because I think people need to be reassured that there are very few people who have had this sort of infection.
But as a clinician and nurse I think I’m on a mission.
I’m going to get the message across.
I’ve also had people come in saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got Ebola, I got pneumonia, I have diarrhoea’.
And I’m going, ‘I’ve never seen this before’.
And the doctor said, ‘You’ve got to wear that, it’s the only way to be safe.’
It’s an extremely dangerous infection.
You’re contagious for 24 hours and you’re very contagious for three weeks.
But if you don’t get treated, you can infect other people and you could get a case of Ebola, which has a mortality rate of up to 90%.
If you don.d have a good infection, you could infect other patients too.
It could be a problem.
But when I’ve had patients say, ‘It’s the best news I’ve ever heard’, they’re not thinking that.
It’s not like the news is good that I’ve come back from Ebola.
People don’t realise the risk of the disease.
I’ve seen patients with Ebola who’ve had diarrhoeas and vomiting and I’ve never had to deal with that.
They have to have a special, non-surgical treatment.
But they don’t have to go through that.
There are many ways of trying to stop this virus.
There are people who say, we’re going to do a mass vaccination.
We’re going the whole world.
It doesn’t work.
We need to focus on those who are at risk, who are most vulnerable.
I have seen a lot of cases of Ebola where people are not going to have access to treatment because they’re in a low-income country, they’re elderly or they have disabilities.
We need to get them treatment, and then we need to give them the support and the help to manage the infection.
This is what the public health service is doing.
I think that if we are going to be able to keep Ebola at bay, we need more people to come in, more treatment, more medical staff.
But if we don’t want to see more cases, we’ve got a lot to do.