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First Ebola case on US soil as doctor returns home

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:07 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Doctors worked to save America’s first Ebola virus patient Saturday after he arrived in the United States aboard a private air ambulance and was whisked to a state-of-the-art hospital isolation unit.

Onboard was stricken doctor Kent Brantly, one of two American aid workers infected with Ebola as they helped to battle an Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 700 lives in West Africa since March.

The Gulfstream jet, equipped with a collapsible isolation chamber, landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta, Georgia just before 11:50 am (1550 GMT).

The jet pulled up at an aircraft hangar, where it was met by an ambulance and several vehicles, and the convoy then wound its way across Atlanta to Emory University Hospital.

This undated handout photo obtained July 30, 2014 courtesy of Samaritan's Purse shows Dr. Kent Brantly near Monrovia, Liberia. The American doctor who has contracted the dangerous Ebola virus in Liberia is "weak and quite ill," a colleague of his told AFP. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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