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Ebola patient improving in Atlanta hospital

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An American missionary stricken with Ebola in West Africa is improving at an Atlanta hospital, according to his wife. Dr. Kent Brantly was seen arriving at Emory University Hospital Saturday, wearing a protective suit and walking.

In the coming days, Brantly's colleague, Nancy Writebol, who is also battling the virus, is expected to arrive in the U.S., where she too will get medical care in a special isolation unit.

Brantly and Nancy Writebol were working with patients in Liberia when they contracted the deadly Ebola virus. They will be the first known cases of the disease on U.S. soil.

"The reason we are bringing them back to our facility is because we feel they deserve to have the highest level of care offered for their treatment," said Dr. Bruce Ribner, with Emory School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division.

Brantly arrived in Atlanta on an air ambulance. Tuesday, Writebol is expected to make the same journey. According to a Liberian official, her flight is expected to depart around 1 a.m. local time.

Medical experts have assured the public, there are infection-control measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

"They will be contained in a special unit," said FOX 13's Dr. Joette Giovinco. "They're only 1 of 4 hospitals in the entire country that can do this. So they are very confident it will not spread past their hospital."

There is no cure for Ebola, which causes fever and bleeding, but doctors say at least in the U.S., Brantly and Writebol will have the medical support their bodies need to fight the virus on their own.

"If people see these people come out and recover and speak to us when they're able to, then they'll realize how good it was for us to bring them here and give them the best care possible," said Giovinco.

 

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