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Ebola Patients Being Brought To US For Treatment

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 08:35 PM CDT
(CNN)-- A disease with no known cure will soon reach the United States for the first time.

The Centers for Disease Control plans to bring two Americans, who are infected with Ebola, to the US for treatment.

The CDC has retrofitted a long-range business jet with medical equipment, including an isolation chamber, and plans to bring two infected Americans back to the United States.

Aid workers, Nancy Writebol and Doctor Kent Brantly, are currently in stable but grave condition. 

"These patients need to be in isolation and that isolation needs to be pristine. Everything from the way that the air circulates in the room, the way that people are allowed to enter into the room, the anti-rooms -- the rooms before you get into where the patient is -- so people can gown up.  All of that is necessary and really quite effective," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.

At an advanced stage, Ebola can cause internal and external bleeding. Symptoms include weakness, fever, headaches, and vomiting.

The World Health Organization says the disease has infected more than 13,000 people in West Africa since March. Those cases have been more than 55% fatal.

Liberia has been especially hard-hit.

Even as nations call for more help with what may be the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in history, international humanitarian groups are pulling out.

The CDC has issued a level 3 travel warning for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

There is no known cure for Ebola. There is an experimental vaccine, but testing for that vaccine isn't expected until at least September.Ebola Patients Being Brought To US For Treatment


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