Second American Ebola patient arrives in U.S.
The second American aid worker stricken with the Ebola virus has arrived in the United States.
Nancy Writebol, 59, arrived in Atlanta Tuesday from Liberia in an isolation pod on a small jet, according to USA TODAY. Writebol will ride in the same ambulance that brought the first American patient, 33-year-old doctor Kent Brantly, to Emory University Hospital, WXIA-TV reported.
Both Writebol and Brantly were working with Ebola patients at a clinic operated by American faith-based organizations. USA TODAY reports both have already received an experimental “cocktail” of antibodies used successfully on monkeys.
More than 1,600 people have become ill and close to 900 have died from the disease in the West Africa nations of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The NewsHour on Monday spoke with Vanity Fair’s Jeffrey Stern, who is on assignment in Guinea and covering the outbreak.
“There has never been an outbreak anywhere near this,” Stern said. “And there is just — there is no reason for anyone to have it on their radar that this may have been Ebola from the beginning … And it’s why — it’s one of many reasons why now many people still don’t, still don’t accept that it exists, still don’t accept that it’s worth cooperating with health officials.”