Ebola patient arrives in Atlanta for treatment

Ebola patient arrives in Atlanta for treatment

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The two Americans with Ebola will be treated in special units at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. (Source: CNN) The two Americans with Ebola will be treated in special units at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - The first American Ebola patient has arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia for treatment and was transported via ambulance to Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Kent Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol contracted the virus in Liberia and are scheduled to be transported to Emory University for treatment. CNN confirmed Saturday afternoon that Brantly was on a specially modified plane en route to Atlanta. Writebol is expected to be brought to the U.S. early next week.

Both are said to be in serious condition but evaluated to be stable enough to travel. Officials say they'll be brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Shortly after Brantly arrived at Emory, CNN reported the plane that transported him is being prepped to return to Liberia for Writebol.

"We've been informed there will be two patients. First in the next several days, second a few days after,” said Dr. Bruce Ribner of Emory University Hospital.

Emory is one of four facilities in the U.S. with a highly specialized, isolation unit to treat people with serious infectious diseases.

Americans in the three Ebola stricken countries are fleeing the epidemic after the U.S. government warned against non-essential travel. Jerrel Gilliam cut short his research trip to Sierra Leone.

The Penn State fellow talked from Sierra Leone's airport where he'd just gone through enhanced screening.

"As soon as you get into the arrivals area you are prompted to fill out a form asking if you've been showing any symptoms of Ebola over the last few weeks. After you fill out that form, a gentleman in full medical gear with a breathing mask and gloves looks at that form and then he takes your temperature,” he said.

The screening isn’t foolproof because Ebola can be present for three weeks before symptoms appear and the screening relies on the honesty of the passengers.

The Centers for Disease Control is estimating it will take at least three months to contain the epidemic in West Africa. It is believed that 10,000 people will travel from those countries into the United States in that time.

“If someone is trying to get out of the country, and they're filling out this form, then they're going to check 'no.' Even if they had experienced a fever in the last few weeks,” Gilliam said.

The CDC predicts it will take at least three months to contain the epidemic in West Africa and says in that time some 10,000 people will have traveled from those countries into the U.S.

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