ATLANTA (AP) Federal officials say two American aid workers who contracted Ebola in Africa will be flown into a metro Atlanta military base.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Emory University's Dr. Bruce Ribner, who will oversee isolation unit, said they will receive one patient in the next several days followed by another patient several days after that.
Ribner says Emory was asked to accept two patients because it's one of only four sites in the country capable of handling these high-risk patients.
Ribner noted, Emory's isolation unit has been used before to treat SARS, but has been used far more in training than in practice. 'The bottom line is, we have an inordinate amount of safety involved... no one is in ANY way at risk.'
Ribner says the containment unit is in a 'discrete' area of Emory hospital and the policy is to avoid visitors. But he says the unit will be fitted with plate glass windows.
Four infectious disease doctors, two nurses per patient and sub-specialists will all take care of the two patients.
The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that a private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base with patients evacuated from Africa. The patients will then be taken to medical facilities.
Kirby says officials in the U.S. State Department asked the military to provide an airfield for the arrival.
Details about the patients' movements were not entirely clear Friday. Kirby said he did not know when the patients would arrive.
At least one of the Americans was expected to be treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, which has a specialized isolation unit. Hospital officials have declined to identify which patient will be treated there.