3rd Ebola patient to be treated at Emory University Hospital

Emory hospital to get third Ebola patient

A third person with the Ebola virus will be admitted to Emory University Hospital tomorrow, the university said in a statement released late Monday afternoon.

The person, whom the university would not identify, is being flown by air ambulance from West Africa where the Ebola virus has now claimed more than 1800 lives. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention is it the largest outbreak of the virus in history.

Television news is reporting that the plane will land at Dobbins Air Force Base at 8:30 a.m. Calls to Phoenix Air, the Cartersville-based air ambulance service that has transported several Ebola patients for treatment, were not immediately returned.

The patient will be treated in the same infectious disease isolation unit at the hospital where missionaries Dr. Ken Brantly and Nancy Writebol were treated last month. They contracted the virus while working with Ebola patients in West Africa.

Both Brantly and Writebol, who received doses of the experimental drug ZMapp to help fight the virus, were released from Emory late last month after nearly three weeks in the unit.

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