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American Ebola Patient Arrives In U.S. For Treatment

Humanitarian worker Dr. Kent Brantly has arrived at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital after contracting Ebola in Liberia.
Posted at 2:23 PM, Aug 02, 2014

The first of two American Ebola patients has arrived in the U.S. for treatment.

"Humanitarian workers Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are the first patients to be treated for the virus here in the United States. They contracted it while working in west Africa." (Via HLN)

"Dr. Kent Brantly will be treated at the Emory hospital. The secondary patient is expected to arrive next week." (Via CNN)

USA Today reports the plane that transported Brantly has an isolation unit specially made for people with infectious diseases. 

The hospital where the patients will be treated, Emory University Hospital, also contains a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the CDC 12 years ago.  (Via Getty Images)

The Daily Beast obtained a letter addressed to hospital staff saying the hospital is "prepared and ready" to treat the Ebola patients. 

Isolated or not, the presence of Ebola patients in the U.S. is raising a lot of concern — at least on social media.

Many opposed to the move wrote on Twitter Saturday, with this user calling it "irresponsible."  (Via Twitter /@Deansheremet Twitter / @HollyRFisher, Tiwtter / @wiffy81)

A statement by the U.S. Department of State stressed, "Every precaution is being taken."

This latest outbreak of Ebola in Africa has infected more than 1,300 and killed 729 people.