Dr. Kent Brantly, the first of two Ebola patients from West Africa, is at Emory's special isolation unit being treated.
There is no treatment for Ebola, only the symptoms.
11Alive's helicopter showed Brantly, 33, walking slowly into Emory.
Brantly, Fort Worth, Texas, was working in Liberia for Samaritan's Purse overseeing an Ebola treatment center.
Emory University issued this statement Saturday afternoon:
As anticipated, an American patient with Ebola virus infection has been transferred from an overseas location to a special isolation facility in Emory University Hospital for treatment. After ambulance transfer from Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Ga., the patient arrived at Emory University Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 2 at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET.
This special isolation unit was previously developed to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases. It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. 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.
The standard, rigorous infection control procedures used at Emory protect the patient, Emory health care workers, and the general public. As the CDC says, Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public.
Emory University anticipates that a second American patient with Ebola virus infection will be transferred to Emory University Hospital the week of Aug. 3.
Nancy Writebol, the second American infected with the virus, is likely to arrive in the USA within a few days.
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