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

(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.)

Dr. Kent Brantly is shown in this 2013 photo provided by JPS Health Network.
Dr. Kent Brantly is shown in this 2013 photo provided by JPS Health Network.   (Uncredited)
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia.
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia.   (Uncredited)
A Gulfsteam airplane modified to carry a Aeromedical Biological Containment System, which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation, is shown.
A Gulfsteam airplane modified to carry a Aeromedical Biological Containment System, which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation, is shown.   (Uncredited)
In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown.
In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown.   (Uncredited)
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