First Ebola patient arrives at Emory

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First Ebola patient arrives at Emory

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Emory University isolation room, courtesy of Jack Kearse with Emory Univ. Emory University isolation room, courtesy of Jack Kearse with Emory Univ.
ATLANTA, Ga. -

The first of two U.S. aid workers infected with the Ebola virus has arrived in Atlanta.

The Samaritan's Purse missionary group tells The Associated Press  Dr. Kent Brantly was transferred from an overseas location to a special isolation facility at Emory University Hospital for treatment.

Dr. Brantly and
Nancy Writebol contracted the disease while battling the outbreak in Western Africa.

Writebol is scheduled to be transferred in the next several days.

They will be cared for at Emory University Hospital’s special isolation unit.  The unit was developed to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.

The facility is separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide a high level of clinical isolation.

U.S. officials are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger

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Two American Aid workers diagnosed with Ebola will be treated at a specialized unit at Emory University Hospital.

The two patients have been identified as Doctor Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. The two contracted the deadly virus while caring for sick patients in Liberia.

According to the Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, a private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base with the patients. One of the patients is expected to arrive Saturday.


The hospital says it has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the patients.

Emory says it is only one of four places in the country that is capable of taking in a patient with the Ebola virus.

At a press conference Friday, officials with Emory said the first patient will come in the next several days and the second patient will be coming a few days after that.

“We have two individuals who are critically ill, and we fill that we owe them the right to receive the best medical care,” said Doctor Bruce Ribner with Emory University Hospital.


Emory Healthcare released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

Emory University Hospital has been informed that there are plans to transfer a patient with Ebola virus infection to its special facility containment unit within the next several days. We do not know at this time when the patient will arrive.

Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country.

Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation.
CDC Deputy Director Doctor Steve Monroe says Ebola is spread only through direct physical contact or by bodily fluids.

Experts say there is no better or safer place to be treated than in Atlanta.

E.R. physician Doctor Raul Rodon says while the virus is deadly, its ability to jump from person to person isn’t great.

“Its not very contagious, to be honest, meaning you can be in contact with someone who has the virus and you might not get it,” said Dr. Rodon.

The virus may sound terrifying, but experts say there is no reason for the public to worry.

"The bottom line is, we have an inordinate amount of safety," said Dr. Ribner Friday. 

Officials with Emory say they have taken every precaution to ensure that there is no spread.

The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) is joining a major international effort to generate resources to help combat the spread of the deadly virus. For more information,
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