Second American Infected with Ebola Arrives at Emory Hospital

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release: Associated Press
August 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- The second American aid worker who was recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa has arrived at an Atlanta hospital for treatment.

The patient was wheeled on a stretcher from an ambulance toward Emory Hospital just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. The first American patient arrived Saturday and walked.

Although hospital officials haven't released the second patient's identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol. It says she's in serious but stable condition.

Writebol arrived in Georgia via jet late Tuesday morning.

She and Dr. Kent Brantly, a physician with North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia.

Ebola has killed at least 887 people in four West African countries in what's considered one of the largest outbreaks ever.


News Release: Associated Press
August 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta.

A chartered plane equipped to contain infectious diseases took off at 1:12 a.m. local time (9:12 p.m. EDT Monday) from Monrovia, Liberia. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy arrive at the airport.

Although hospital officials haven't released the patient's identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol. SIM said in a statement Tuesday morning that Writebol remains in serious but stable condition.

An official at Bangor International Airport in Maine says the plane landed there Tuesday morning to refuel and undergo a federal customs inspection before heading to Atlanta.

Writebol will be treated at an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken there Saturday.


News Release: Associated Press
August 4, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- A second American medical missionary stricken with the often deadly Ebola virus is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

U.S. public health officials say treating Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly in the U.S. poses no risks to the American public as West Africa grapples with its worst recorded Ebola outbreak with more than 700 deaths.

"The plain truth is that we can stop Ebola," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week.

Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told AP a medical evacuation plane carrying Writebol was expected to leave West Africa early Tuesday for the U.S.


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