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US evacuating two Americans sick with Ebola

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:33 AM
Dr. Kent Brantly (Right) speaks with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, officials said on Friday.

Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, are being flown home but the exact timing of their arrival is uncertain, their aid groups said.

Both are in serious but stable condition and are headed for special care isolation units at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after battling for their lives amid the worst outbreak of the virus in history.

The hemorrhagic fever has killed 729 people of the more than 1,300 infected since March.

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