Second American infected with Ebola virus now in United States


Second American infected with Ebola virus now in United States

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

The second American infected with Ebola is now in the United States.

Nancy Writebol's plane touched down in Maine for a short stop early Tuesday morning to refuel and be inspected. It will then head to Georgia where Writebol will be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The 59-year-old Writebol is the second Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S. The deadly virus has killed almost 900 people in West Africa.

She is said to be improving after receiving a dose of an experimental drug that has never been tested on humans. However, she is in serious condition.

Dr. Kent Brantly is also taking the drug, and his fever is lower since arriving in Atlnata on Saturday. It's not clear yet whether the experimental treatment is the reason they're both improving.

There is no known cure for Ebola and the death rate is about 60 to 80 percent, according to the experts.

Writebol and Brantly were treating patients at a missionary clinic in Liberia when they were exposed. According to the Huffington Post, they are believed to be the first Ebola patients ever treated in the United States.

At this time, there are no plans to stop flights to the United States from countries which are currently dealing with Ebola.

Brantly and Writebol had lived in Liberia since last year with their spouses. Brantly's two small children were also living there. No family members have shown any sign of sickness so far.

Another doctor who was treating patients in West Africa has put himself in quarantine in his home in Tennessee. Alan Jamison is not showing any symptoms, but he was concerned that he might be contagious. He is planning on staying in isolation for 21 days, which is the incubation period for the disease.