ATLANTA-- Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia, is now back home in the United States. A medical evacuation plane equipped with a special containment unit arrived at Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta Saturday at 11:20 a.m.
Doctor Kent Brantly was able to walk into Emory University hospital in Atlanta this afternoon. WFMY NEWS 2
Samaritan Purse confirms Dr. Brantly was taken to Emory University Hospital to continue his treatment.
The following is a statement from Amber Brantly, the wife of Dr. Kent Brantly, "It was a relief to welcome Kent home today. 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. Please continue praying for Kent and Nancy (Writebol), and please continue praying for the people of Liberia and those who continue to serve them there."
The hospital has an isolation unit set up in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.
American Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM who also contracted Ebola in Liberia, is expected to arrive in Atlanta within the next few days.
"We thank God that they are alive and now have access to the best care in the world," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "We are extremely thankful for the help we have received from the State Department, the CDC, the National Institute of Health, WHO and, of course, Emory Hospital."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said 50 agency workers are going to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to treat patients and to try to prevent the outbreak from expanding.
"We do not see Ebola spreading within the U.S.," said Frieden. "The way it spreads is not by casual contact, and it's only from people who are very ill."
Amid the outbreak, nearly 50 delegations from African countries are flying to Washington this weekend for a three-day U.S.-Africa leaders summit that begins Monday.
"This is something we take very seriously," President Obama told reporters Friday.
Mr. Obama said U.S. health officials will take precautions.
"We're making sure we're doing screening on that end as they leave the country," the president said. "We'll do additional screening when we're here. We feel confident that the procedures that we've put in place are appropriate."
The CDC said that while it's ready to handle any reported cases of Ebola in the U.S., it cautions there is no reason to be concerned about an outbreak.
"I really hope that our fears, particularly our irrational fears, don't outweigh our compassion," Frieden said.
The isolation unit is in a building that is separated from the others. Visitors will have to stand behind a glass wall and use an intercom system to communicate.
The first of two Americans striken with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia arrives in Georgia where he will be treated at an Atlanta hospital. Linda So reports.