Posted: Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 5:42pm
Ebola patient to be transferred to Atlanta hospital
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Emory University Hospital officials say there are plans for an American aid worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment.
Officials said in a statement Thursday the hospital has a special isolation unit that was built in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that's used to treat people with certain serious infectious diseases.
The unit is physically separate from other areas and hospital officials say staff are trained and fully prepared to care for the patient. The patient's identity hasn't been released because of privacy laws.
Hospital officials say they're unsure of when the patient will arrive.
The CDC has about two dozen staffers in West Africa to help try to control the outbreak and plans to send more.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.
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