Two Americans, infected by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, will reportedly be flown back to the US sonn, for intensive treatments which could save their lives.
A special US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jet has been dispatched to bring the Ebola patients from Liberia back to the US, according to ABC News.
Dr Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol are to be flown back to the US in a Gulfstream jet, fitted with a portable isolation ward.
It has been reported that CDC specially designed the aircraft, with an aeromedical biological containment system to help officials transfer the highly contagious patients without getting exposed to viral pathogens, .
In the meantime, Atlanta's Emory University Hospital has confirmed that at least one of the victims will be housed in its state-of-the-art isolation ward. The Clifton Road hospital's isolation unit was built in collaboration with CDC, and is one of the only four such facilities in the country.
According to 11Alive, Emory hospital's isolation unit is separated from other wards and is located on the ground floor. The facility has three beds with the highest standards in negative pressure air handling, HEPA filtration and exhaust.
"When this unit was being built, we hoped we'd never have to use the space to treat a serious communicable disease," the report quoted Emory epidemiologist Bruce Ribner.
CNN, based on confirmation from its source famililar with the travel plans, reported that a US contracted medical charter flight left Cartersville, Georgia on Thursday afternoon, to bring both of them back to the US.
The condition of missionary Writebol has worsened, according to SIM, the Christian missions organization which she is part of.
The Daily Mail reported that showing a courageous and generous attitute, Dr Brantly - a father of two - decided to give up the single vial of an experimental treatment sent over from the US, so that Writebol could be treated with it.
The doctor apparently insisted that Writebol should be given the experimental drug, despite him having a better chance of recovery, it has been reported.
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