Second Ebola-Infected American Arrives In The U.S. For Treatment

Nancy Writebol, an American missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa, arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday.

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Nancy Writebol has arrived at Emory University Hospital for treatment.

Writebol "shows signs of continued improvement," said Bruce Johnson, president of Samaritan's Purse, the aid group with which she was working.

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The plane carrying American missionary Nancy Writebol, who contracted Ebola in West Africa, landed in Maine shortly before 8:30 a.m. ET.

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A plane carrying Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who contracted Ebola while serving in West Africa, left Liberia's capital early Tuesday en route to Atlanta, the Associated Press reported.

Writebol will be treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital with an experimental drug that has never been used in humans before.

Her son, Jeremy, said his mother "is still struggling," but that "there seems to be improvement."

Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, is expected to return to the U.S. for further treatment on Tuesday, according to the Christian mission organization with which she serves.

On Sunday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the condition of Dr. Kent Brantly, the American physician who contracted Ebola in Africa, has improved from initial reports.

According to reports, both Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the American missionary who also contracted the disease in Liberia, were treated with an experimental serum.

The director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, told NBC that when he arrived at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Saturday, Brantly exited from the ambulance without help — an encouraging sign.

An American physician who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working to fight the disease in Africa landed in Atlanta on Saturday, reported the Associated Press.

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An ambulance departs Dobbins Air Reserve Base on Aug. 2 in Marietta, Ga.

Dr. Kent Brantly, a physician who became infected in Liberia, was rushed to the Emory University hospital, where he will receive specialized treatment.

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He is the first Ebola patient to ever land in the United States. Nancy Writebol, another American health worker, will also be treated at Emory but has yet to arrive in the country. She is expected to fly in next week.

The Ebola virus, which has a mortality rate upward of 60%, has killed more than 700 people in several countries in West Africa.

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Dr. Kent Brantly (right) wears protective gear while treating a patient at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

Emory University doctors sought to ease anxiety about bringing the contagious virus to the U.S.

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"From the time the air ambulance arrives in the metropolitan Atlanta area, up to and including being hospitalized at Emory University Hospital, we have taken every precaution that we know and that our colleagues at the CDC know to ensure that there is no spread of this virus pathogen," Dr. Bruce S. Ribner said during a news conference on Friday.

The current epidemic, the worst in the disease's 40-year history, has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria, prompting the World Health Organization to issue a warning that the disease is spreading faster than efforts to control it.

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