FIU doctor set to travel to Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

Dr. Aileen Maria Marty specializes in managing chemical, biological, nuclear incidents

By Kristi Krueger - Anchor/Health Reporter

MIAMI - Dr. Aileen Maria Marty is one of the world's leading experts on emerging infections. She is a specialist in managing all kinds of chemical, biological and nuclear incidents, and soon she will leave her lab at Florida International University to travel to the jungles of Africa.

Marty will join a team from around the world, who were all deployed by the World Health Organization to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak that has already killed almost 1,000 people and infected more than 1,000 others, including two Americans.

"I think the main task I will have out there is to help in the quenching of this outbreak by helping to determine what has and has not been done for this outbreak so far, and for what needs to be done in order to actually contain it," said Marty.

Helping to contain the spread of Ebola is where Marty thinks she can be most effective, but she is also prepared to treat patients. She is also understandably concerned about her own safety.

"How could I not be," said Marty. "It's an incredibly dangerous disease. It's an incredibly serious infection with an enormously high mortality."

Marty, who was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a child, went to Our lady of Lourdes Academy and the University of Miami. Besides the Ebola outbreak, Marty was very involved in the anthrax scare of 2001.

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