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Ebola patient coming to U.S. for treatment

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:03

A U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola while working in West Africa will be treated in a high security ward at Emory University in Atlanta. Linda So reports.

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Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive its first Ebola patient. The hospital confirms a U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with the deadly virus in West Africa will be treated in a high security ward there. Emory did not reveal the name of the patient. But right now, there are two American missionaries in Liberia who have been diagnosed with Ebola. Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas and Nancy Writebol of North Carolina. At a church service for Writebol, husband David, called from Liberia to give an update on her condition. SOUNDBITE: VOICE OF DAVID WRITEBOL, SAYING: "She's sitting up and talking with us and she's able to move about." Writebol was given an experimental serum. There was only enough for one patient, and Dr. Brantly asked it be given to her. SOUNDBITE: DR. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, SAYING: "We don't really know how effective the serum will be in this instance of Ebola because it really hasn't been done very frequently before, if at all." The U.S. government says it is working to bring both patients back from West Africa. They are said to be in grave but stable condition.

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Ebola patient coming to U.S. for treatment

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:03