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Emory Hospital to receive 2 Ebola patients

Dr. Kent Brantly (Left),  Nancy Writebol (Right) Dr. Kent Brantly (Left), Nancy Writebol (Right)
An aeromedical biological containment system will be used to transport Ebola patients. (AP Photo/CDC) An aeromedical biological containment system will be used to transport Ebola patients. (AP Photo/CDC)
Press conference on Ebola patients coming to Atlanta Press conference on Ebola patients coming to Atlanta
Press conference on Ebola patients coming to Atlanta Press conference on Ebola patients coming to Atlanta
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus in Africa are being moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola while caring for infected patients.

They were hospitalized in Liberia and an air ambulance arrived in Africa Friday to transport the patients to the U.S.

Both patients were in stable condition in Liberia, according to a spokesperson from Emory Hospital.

The patients will be flown back to the U.S. separately with one of the patients expected to arrive in Atlanta on Saturday.

The air ambulance service being used is metro Atlanta-based Phoenix Air Group which is based in Cartersville. The company will use a specialized GulfStream G-III to transport the infected patients to Atlanta.

At a press conference on Friday, an Emory official said the ambulance had to get approval from various countries in order to transport the patients to the U.S.

Once in the U.S., they will land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County and will then be transferred to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

An Emory official said that treatment at its hospital gives the patients a better chance to survive, and that they felt they owed them the right to receive the best medical care.

Emory's isolation unit is one of only four such units in the country, according to the hospital, and the mortality rate of the patients will be much lower at its facility.

It would be very difficult for Ebola to spread in the U.S., according to the CDC.

The only way to contract the disease is by exposure to bodily fluids of an infected person.

In situations like this, medical experts in the U.S. take every precaution imaginable to keep the disease from spreading.

A spokesperson for Emory said the doctors and staff constantly train for this.

Emory has a special isolation unit to treat patients who are exposed to serious infectious diseases which is physically separate from other patient areas at the hospital.

An Emory official said that the staff have control over everything coming out of the unit, and that all materials are made non-infectious before any materials come out.

In addition, all disposable items associated with the treatment of the patients will go to a regulated waste stream which is the normal procedure with any patient treated at the facility.

The official said that Emory will usually deal with visitors on a case-by-case basis, and that they typically do not allow visitors to actually go into a patient's room.

A visitor is separated from a patient by a 1-2" piece of glass and talks with the patient through a microphone.

This is the largest Ebola outbreak on record. More than 1,300 cases spread across four nations in Africa. The virus has killed 729 people including one American who was working in Liberia.


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The World Health Organization announced it is launching a $100 million response plan which includes sending more medical personnel to the region.

The CDC says it will send an additional 50 experts to help with the crisis.

A spokesperson from Emory University Hospital said the exact arrival date of the patients is unknown.

This is the first time anyone has been treated for the Ebola virus at an institution in the U.S.

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