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Signs point toward the entrance at Emory University Hospital across the street from television news trucks as the hospital prepares to receive an American aid worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. The hospital has a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that's used to treat people with certain serious infectious diseases.

David Goldman, Associated Press - Ap

2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

  • Associated Press
  • August 1, 2014 - 5:25 PM

ATLANTA — Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital.

Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the dangerous disease.

Hospital officials did not identify the patients, citing confidentiality rules. They were previously identified as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Ribner oversees the isolation unit. He says one of the patients was expected to arrive this weekend, while a second was expected several days later.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in metro Atlanta with the patients evacuated from Africa. Kirby did not have further details.

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