Regular commentor LAMH36 has volunteered to help us out:
So, with all this talk of Ebola and health care workers, of which I have been one for the past 10+ years, I would be willing to answer serious questions from commenters in the comments section to the best of my knowledge as an active Microbiology Medical Laboratory Scientist.
So, what many already know, I’m originally from New Orleans, so I began my career working in the state run public health laboratory. My primary work at the public health lab was in Bacteriology, including work involving many of the Bioterrorism organism most people know and some they don’t, but also regular old outbreak-y bugs like Salmomella, E.coli, Pertussis, etc.
Thanks to Katrina I evacuated to DFW and I ended up living and working there for 7 years. I worked for 6 years at a large public teaching hospital in Microbiology and 2 years (one of which concurrently) at a small private hospital that I believe I’ve mentioned is a sister hospital to Presby Dallas.
After close to 8 years I finally made it home back to NOLA, or rather to Baton Rouge, where I worked at a large private Catholic hospital, until this past February when I was finally able to make my way back to New Orleans where I now work at another large public teaching hospital which is soon to be to part of an even larger for property entity, yet still “public” here in NOLA.
All of my experience is in Microbiology with a little bit of Biological research thrown in and some other colorful careers from my college years.
I figured when you have experienced knowledge about some subject, it always better to help spread factual information rather than allow misinformation to become embedded in the psyche.
Any questions I cannot answer or that is outside my purview of knowledge, I can ask some of my other friends who are currently working in the hospital laboratory, CDC and beyond.