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Two Ebola patients heading to Atlanta hospital

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:04

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive two Americans infected with the Ebola virus. Linda So reports.

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Emory University Hospital is preparing to receive two Americans who have been infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol will be treated at the Atlanta hospital, one of only four institutions in the U.S. with a special containment unit capable of caring for patients infected with Ebola. Dr. Bruce Ribner will oversee the isolation unit. SOUNDBITE: DR. BRUCE RIBNER, PROFESSOR OF EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE'S INFECTIOUS DISEASES DIVISION, SAYING: "Our containment unit is in a section of the hospital which is discreet from the rest of the hospital so that we don't raise undo concerns amongst our other patients and visitors even though I've assured you it's in an environment which is extremely well contained and safe." Doctors say this type of treatment is the first of its kind. SOUNDBITE: DR. BRUCE RIBNER, PROFESSOR OF EMORY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE'S INFECTIOUS DISEASES DIVISION, SAYING: "To the best of my knowledge, a patient with Ebola virus infection has never been cared for in an institution in the United States." The two Americans are being flown back in a special plane equipped to handle patients infected with Ebola. They will arrive at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta before being transported to Emory.

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Two Ebola patients heading to Atlanta hospital

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:04