An American missionary stricken with Ebola in West Africa
wore a protective white suit as she was wheeled on a
stretcher into the Atlanta hospital where doctors will try to
save her and a fellow aid worker from the deadly virus.
Nancy Writebol, 59, arrived in the United States after being
flown overnight from Liberia and will be treated by
infectious disease specialists at Emory University Hospital,
according to Christian missionary group SIM USA.
She will be in the same isolation ward as Kent Brantly, 33,
an Ebola-infected American doctor who was able to walk into
the hospital when he arrived by ambulance on Saturday.
The pair are believed to be the first Ebola patients ever
treated in the United States, and health officials have said
the virus does not pose a significant threat to the public.
The medical aircraft carrying Writebol made a brief stop on
Tuesday morning (local time) to refuel in Bangor, Maine,
before landing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia, local
television footage showed.
She arrived at Emory's hospital by ambulance just before 1pm.
The two paramedics who transported her into the hospital also
wore white, full-body hazard suits to avoid any direct
contact with the patient.
The contagious disease, concentrated in Africa, has killed
nearly 900 people since February and has no proven cure. The
death rate in the current epidemic is about 60 percent,
Writebol and Brantly served on a joint team in Monrovia run
by Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse. They
returned to the United States separately because the plane
equipped to transport them could carry only one patient at a
Writebol, a mother of two from Charlotte, North Carolina, is
a longtime missionary who had been working for SIM USA as a
hygienist who decontaminated protective suits worn by
healthcare workers inside an isolation unit at a Monrovia
The relief groups have said the condition of each aid worker
improved in Liberia after the pair received an experimental
drug previously tested only on monkeys.
It was not clear whether they will receive more of the drug
in the United States. A spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse had
no update on Brantly, who she said wanted to keep the latest
details of his condition and treatment private.
Writebol's arrival in Atlanta came a day after Mount Sinai
Hospital in New York City said it was testing a man who
traveled to a West African nation where Ebola has been
reported. He arrived at the emergency room on Monday with a
high fever and a stomach ache but was in good condition,
hospital officials said.
The New York City Health Department, after consulting with
the hospital and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, said the patient was unlikely to have Ebola.
Health officials near Columbus, Ohio, also reported that a
female patient recently returned from abroad had been checked
for Ebola, with tests coming back negative. Franklin County,
Ohio, Health Commissioner Susan Tilgner said a hospital had
tested the woman to rule out Ebola due to risk factors, which
she declined to describe in detail.
She said the tests had taken a few days and declined to say
what country the woman had traveled to.