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First of two Ebola patients arrives at Emory University Hospital

Medical staff in Hazmat suits wait to receive the first of two Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital. Medical staff in Hazmat suits wait to receive the first of two Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital.
Dr. Kent Brantly Dr. Kent Brantly
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American caregivers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa, is now undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Brantly arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base on Saturday at about 11 a.m. in a jet that was specially-modified for his care.

The ambulance that transported him could be seen from Chopper46 arriving at the hospital around 12:30 p.m.

He and the medical personnel he was with were seen in hazmat suits. Although he was largely walking on his own, he was helped by a member of that team as he made his way into a special entrance to the hospital.

Brantly will be placed in a special isolation unit that is physically separated from other patient areas.

"I think it's unique that this is the first patient with Ebola in the United States," said Dr. Jay Varkey, an infectious diseases specialist at Emory University Hospital.  He will be part of the team caring for Brantly.

"I can't think of a better place in the world, other than at Emory University hospital, to care for this patient."

"It was a relief to welcome Kent home today," said Brantly's wife Amber in a statement. "I spoke with him, and he is glad to be back in the U.S. I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital."

A spokesperson for the hospital said they expect the second infected American, Nancy Writebol, to arrive at Emory the week of Aug. 3.

An Emory official describing the treatment facility said that the staff have control over everything coming out of the unit, and that all materials are made non-infectious before any materials come out.

In addition, all disposable items associated with the treatment of the patients will go to a regulated waste stream which is the normal procedure with any patient treated at the facility.

The official said that Emory will usually deal with visitors on a case-by-case basis, and that they typically do not allow visitors to actually go into a patient's room.

A visitor is separated from a patient by a 1-2" piece of glass and talks with the patient through a microphone.

This is the largest Ebola outbreak on record. More than 1,300 cases spread across four nations in Africa. The virus has killed 729 people including one American who was working in Liberia.


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The World Health Organization announced it is launching a $100 million response plan which includes sending more medical personnel to the region.

The CDC says it will send an additional 50 experts to help with the crisis.

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