Americans With Ebola Coming Home on Private Jet
Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol will be treated in Atlanta
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 1, 2014 6:15 PM CDT
Dr. Kent Brantly is shown in this 2013 photo provided by JPS Health Network.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said today. One is expected to arrive tomorrow, and the other a few days later, according to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, where they will be treated. They are due to arrive in a private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. It will be the first time anyone infected with the disease is brought into the country. US officials are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger.

The two Americans—Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol—worked for US missionary groups in Liberia at a hospital that treated Ebola patients. The aircraft transporting them is a Gulfstream jet fitted with what essentially is a specialized, collapsible clear tent designed to house a single patient and stop any infectious germs from escaping. It was built to transfer CDC employees exposed to contagious diseases for treatment. The CDC said the private jet can only accommodate one patient at a time. (See why Brantly turned down an experimental serum to treat the Ebola.)

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susanb1
Aug 2, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
So if this plane crashes somewhere in the western hemisphere..or if the virus escapes in Georgia, it becomes a virus once confined to one continent (Africa), to become a virus capable of spreading to 2 continents (North and South America). Great.
orlandojon
Aug 2, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
This is what do gooders get for wasting their talents in Africa. 60 years and 100's of billions of dollars later, Africa is still a cesspool.
Sam the Sham
Aug 2, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
Ignorant, stupid, hateful people. These incredibly brave people go directly into harms way to treat the sick, and try to stop this virus before it spreads, and they get sick in the process. They are American citizens doing good, and have earned the right to come home and be treated with the best healthcare in the world. The rest of you should put down the laptop and go out and do something good, and maybe YOU will earn the right to be here.