Atlanta hospital to care for 2 Ebola patients

ATLANTA – Emory University Hospital is preparing to receive two Ebola patients from West Africa.

The Pentagon says the patients will be flown into Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base in Marietta. According to NBC News Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, the patients will arrive at Dobbins on Saturday.

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.

He 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."

"You need to appreciate Ebola is NOT spread by some magic mechanism," Dr. Ribner said.

Ribner went on to point out 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.


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