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DALLAS -- For the first time in history, a patient with Ebola will be treated in the United States.

There has never been a case of the deadly virus in America, but that's changing as two infected Americans will soon fly home for treatment.

Samaritan's Purse said Friday that Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are still in Liberia in serious condition, but efforts are underway to get them home by early next week.

This trip is raising a lot of questions. How will the Ebola patients be flown back to the United States safely without infecting others?

This is the answer: A government-owned jet outfitted with a portable isolation ward.

It's designed by the CDC and the Department of Defense and can house sick patients for several hours, along with medical personnel.

Dr. Brantly and Writebol are likely heading to a special wing of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

InDallas, the director of Medical Emergency Services says as scary as Ebola is, the risk of getting infected here at home is low.

'So just a few years ago [they] actually set up this specialized isolation ward, actually separate from the rest of the hospital for this very purpose. In case there's some kind of really bad kinda virus or some of contagious thing that comes out, the person can be repatriated, as we say, back to the United States,' Dr. Paul Pepe toldNews 8.

There is no known cure for Ebola. There's an experimental vaccine, but testing isn't expected until at least September.

The CDC meanwhile has issued a travel warning for Americans wanting to fly to Liberia, Guinea andSierra Leone. Additional doctors are flying to Africa from the CDC to fight the outbreak.

Samaritan's Purse also said Friday that 60 non-essential staff members will be evacuated. They are all healthy and are expected to return to the U.S. this weekend.

'We ask for continued prayer for the evacuation process and the health of Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol, the medical staff treating them and for all those who are affected by Ebola,' the organization wrote on its website.

E-mail:jdoren@wfaa.com

WFAA.com's JordanArmstrong contributed to this report

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