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US aid worker infected with Ebola to be moved back to US

Published on Aug 1, 2014 8:13 AM
A Samaritan's Purse medical personnel demonstrates personal protective equipment to educate team members on the Ebola virus in Liberia in this undated handout photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - A US aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa is coming back to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday.

The aid worker, whose name has not been released, will be moved in the next several days to a special isolation unit at Emory. The unit was set up in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of only four in the United States.

CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said her agency is working with the US State Department to facilitate the transfer.

Reynolds said the CDC is not aware of any Ebola patient ever being treated in the United States, but five people in the past decade have entered the United States with either Lassa Fever or Marburg Fever, close cousins of Ebola, and there were no instances of the virus being transferred to others.

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