2nd American Ebola Victim Arrives in U.S.

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    August 06, 2014 08:18

    A second American aid worker who contracted Ebola arrived for treatment Tuesday afternoon at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and is said to be feeling somewhat better.

    Nancy Writebol was transported to Emory by ambulance from an Air Force base where her medical evacuation flight from Liberia landed earlier in the day.

    Writebol contracted the deadly virus while working at a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia alongside American doctor Kent Brantly. He also is being treated for Ebola at Emory. Both patients are in the same high security, isolation ward.

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials during a conference call on Ebola with CDC team members deployed in West Africa from the agency's Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta on Aug. 5, 2014. /AP

    There is no approved treatment or vaccine for Ebola. But the two Americans are being given an experimental drug made from tobacco leaves.

    The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa already has killed more than 900 people.

    Dubai-based airline Emirates has suspended service to Guinea because of the Ebola outbreak there. British Airways says it will suspend air service to Liberia and Sierra Leone due to "the deteriorating public health situation” at least through August.

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