The Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia is expected to receive a patient who has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus sometime within the next several days, the university announced earlier today.
“We do not know at this time when the patient will arrive,” the university said in a statement. Emory also did not mention whether the patient was one of two Americans who are battling Ebola infection in Liberia, charity workers Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly.
The hospital has a specially-built isolation unit, set up in collaboration with the Atlanta-based United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is designed to treat patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. The unit is physically separate from the other patient areas and is one of only four such facilities in the entire country.
The CDC issued a level three travel warning earlier today as the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to worsen. Officials are also warning people to avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in order to prevent the infection of more United States citizens.
“This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.”
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