Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives in Georgia

The American doctor, who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa, arrived in Georgia Saturday, Aug 2.

According to NBC, Brantly landed at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia, at 11:20 a.m. ET. He was then transferred to Emory University Hospital on an ambulance. Brantly is the first-known Ebola patient landing in the U.S.

The doctor was in full protective gear while walking into the isolation unit with the help of medical staff also in full gear, ABC News reported.

The Georgia isolation unit opened 12 years ago specially dedicated to care for federal employees who suffer from some of the world’s most dangerous virus. It is also one of the only four in the nation.

Nancy Writebol, an aid worker who was also infected, is expect to arrive in the country early next week.

“We thank God that they are alive and now have access to the best care in the world,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, who Brantly worked for, said.

Ebola does not easily spread from person to person, and U.S. officials said they are confident bringings the patients in would not put American in danger, BBC reported.

Some Americans appreciated what Brantly had done for Ebola patients while some worried the arrival would lead to a Ebola break out in the country.

 

   


Ebola has killed more than 700 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since it first broke out in March, the World Health Organization said.

 

 

Photo Credit: Reuters

 

 

 

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