Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the 2 Ebola-infected Americans, Will be Flown Back to the US

Ebola-infected Americans Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol will be returning to the United States for treatment.

According to Dr Richard Besser of ABC News, the two Americans will be flown back.

It is unclear which hospital will be admitting them.

On Thursday, the White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia. It would be the first time the disease was brought into the country.

Late Thursday afternoon, officials at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there “within the next several days,” but declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws.

Emory University Hospital, which is near the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s main campus, has a special isolation unit built in collaboration with the CDC. It is one of only four facilities of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are aid workers from the Samaritan’s Purse, and were in Liberia treating Ebola patients.

Three countries in West Africa, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, are hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

The deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.

The CDC has issued a warning to Americans against traveling to these countries.

The risk of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. remains very low because very few people travel from West Africa to the U.S., according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. Only about 10,000 travelers from those countries come to the United States in an average three- or four-month period, and most do not arrive on direct flights.

Also, patients are contagious only when they show symptoms, and U.S. hospitals are well equipped to isolate cases and control spread of the virus.

At present, the CDC has staff at 20 U.S. airports and border crossings to evaluate any travelers with signs of dangerous infectious diseases, and isolate them when necessary.

Frieden said a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States “is not in the cards.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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