UPDATE: US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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ATLANTA (AP) -- A doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment.

Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson says a plane carrying the patient landed Saturday morning at the base. An ambulance from Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital left the base shortly afterward.

Samaritan's Purse missionary group tells The Associated Press that Dr. Kent Brantly is the patient. Though the ambulance was from Grady, Brantly and another aid worker will be treated at a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital.

Later, one person in protective clothing climbed down from the back of the ambulance and a second person in protective clothing appeared to take his gloved hands and guide him toward a building at Emory.

The ambulance was flanked by a few SUVs and police car en route to the hospital.

Dr. Kent Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa. He arrived Saturday at one of the nation's best hospitals for treatment in isolation unit. Fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol was expected to arrive in several days.

His wife, Amber Brantly, says she's spoken to her husband and he's glad to be back in the U.S. Family members aren't being allowed physical contact with him for now.


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Aid officials say an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus is the first being flown to the U.S. for treatment.

Two seriously ill Americans will be treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Samaritan's Purse missionary group tells The Associated Press that a plane carrying Dr. Kent Brantly has left West Africa.

He is due to arrive Saturday in Atlanta in a private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The second patient will follow a few days later.

It will be the first time anyone infected with the disease is brought into the country. U.S. officials are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger.



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Officials at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta say there are plans for an American aid worker in Africa who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment.

The officials say the hospital has a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that's used to treat people with certain serious infectious diseases.

The unit is physically separate from other areas, and hospital officials say staff are trained and fully prepared to care for the patient. The patient's identity hasn't been released because of privacy laws.

Hospital officials say they're unsure of when the patient will arrive.

The CDC has about two dozen staffers in West Africa to help try to control the outbreak and plans to send more.

In Washington, the White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia. It would be the first time the disease is brought into the country.


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