(ATLANTA) — A United States official says the plane carrying the first Ebola patient will land Saturday in Georgia.
The State Department confirmed that they will be using a non-commercial aircraft and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention equipment during the medical evacuation.
It was announced on Friday that both patients, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, will be treated at Emory University Hospital.
“Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,” hospital officials said. “It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country.”
“Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation,” they added.
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