Second American infected with Ebola en route to Atlanta

Photo shows the isolation room at Emory University Hospital set up to treat patients exposed to certain infectious diseases and where an American aid worker infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Emory University-Jack Kearse)
Photo shows the isolation room at Emory University Hospital set up to treat patients exposed to certain infectious diseases and where an American aid worker infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Emory University-Jack Kearse)

ATLANTA (AP) — The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta.

A chartered plane specially equipped to contain infectious diseases took off at 1:12 a.m. local time (9:12 p.m. EDT) Monday from the airport in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy arrive at the airport.

Although hospital officials haven’t released the patient’s identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol.

Writebol will be treated at a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken to the unit Saturday after arriving from Liberia aboard the same aircraft.

Brantly and Writebol contracted Ebola while treating patients at a missionary clinic in Liberia.

Both are being treated with an experimental drug never tested for safety in humans.

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