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First Ebola patient arrives in U.S.

Updated: Saturday, August 2, 2014
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ATLANTA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The first of two Americans, stricken with the Ebola virus, lands in Atlanta for treatment.

This marks the first time the deadly virus will be treated in the U.S.

A patient dressed in a full white containment suit carefully stepped out of the back of an ambulance Saturday afternoon. Another person also dressed in protective clothing led the patient into Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The patient is American doctor Kent Brantly, who was infected with the Ebola virus while working with patients in Liberia. He'll receive treatment at the hospital.
 
Jay Varkey of Emory University Hospital says, "We are ready. We are looking forward to try and help this patient and assist his family in any way possible."
 
Brantly was flown from West Africa to the United States in a private, medical jet.

After landing at a Georgia's Dobbins Air Reserve Base, he was loaded into an ambulance -- which was accompanied by several vehicles and a police escort on the 15-mile ride to the hospital.

The procedure will be repeated in the next couple days as a second Ebola patient -- American aid worker Nancy Writebol -- is transported from Africa to Atlanta.
 
This marks the first time anyone infected with the incurable disease has been brought to a U.S. hospital. Emory is equipped with a specialized isolation unit to ensure the disease will not spread."
 
Varkey says, "I truly believe in the practices we have in place. And I have no specific concerns for my personal safety or my colleagues."
 
Brantly's wife Amber released a statement that says, "It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S." She also thanked God for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital.

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