US Gets First Ebola Patient
American doctor who got sick in Africa arrives in US for treatment
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
Dr. Kent Brantly is shown in this 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/JPS Health Network)

(Newser) – Ebola has arrived in the US, though in a carefully controlled manner. A plane carrying one of two Americans who contracted the disease in Africa arrived at a military air base near Atlanta this morning, reports the Journal-Constitution. The AP says the patient is 33-year-old doctor Kent Brantly, though hygienist Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive at some point as well. Both will be treated in isolation units at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. It's the first time any US medical facility has had an Ebola patient, notes CNN. The disease is usually fatal, with the death toll in West Africa now above 700. (While being treated in Africa, Brantly turned down an experimental serum so Writebol could get it.)

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Aug 3, 2014 2:02 AM CDT
If ebola ever does spread in America, everyone will look back and blame it on this day.
Aug 3, 2014 1:58 AM CDT
Does all this hysteria remind anyone else of the panic that swept through the country when AIDS was first discovered? We were all doomed to die of that, too, remember? Sadly, a lot of people did but we obviously didn't, so how about if some of you tone down the rhetoric? Do a little research. Look at the conditions in which Ebola spreads. They don't exist here. The only 2 Americans who have it caught it in Africa, where those conditions DO exist. We'll all die of something but it won't be Ebola.
Aug 3, 2014 12:46 AM CDT
There are good reasons why Ebola virus outbreaks have never occurred in developed countries, not the least of which is that Ebola is not naturally transmitted through the air. I commend the American medical professionals who bravely traveled to Africa to help protect and save human lives. I am glad they have returned home to receive advanced medical care in the United States, and I wish them well in their efforts to recover.