2nd American infected with Ebola headed to Atlanta

This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)

ATLANTA (AP) — The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta.

A chartered plane specially equipped to contain infectious diseases took off at 1:12 p.m. local time Tuesday from the airport in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy arrive at the airport.

Although hospital officials haven’t released the patient’s identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol.

An official at Bangor International Airport in Maine says the plane landed there Tuesday morning to refuel and undergo a federal customs inspection before heading to Atlanta.

Writebol will be treated at a special isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken to the unit Saturday after arriving from Liberia.

 

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