Fourth U.S. Ebola Patient Airlifted to Atlanta Hospital

Unidentified doctor was flown out of West Africa after contracting virus

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A fourth American medical worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was brought back to the United States Tuesday morning for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The patient, a doctor who was not identified, was transported by a medical plane, which landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.

Emory hospital officials said the doctor would be housed in a special isolation unit. The hospital last month successfully treated two other U.S. medical aid workers who had contracted Ebola in Liberia. Kent Brantly, M.D., 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, were flown back last month for aggressive treatment at Emory; both recovered and are no longer contagious.

Although Emory University Hospital released no further details about its new patient, the World Health Organization reported that a doctor working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone had tested positive for the disease and was being evacuated, according to the AP.

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