Second Ebola patient arrives at Emory

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 5, 2014
Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.   Photo provided by the CDC.

Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo provided by the CDC.

CBS 46 Atlanta reports that a second patient infected with the Ebola virus has arrived at Emory University Hospital.

The patient is the second of two aid workers who were caring for patients in West Africa, which is dealing with the largest Ebola outbreak in history. To read the full story from CBS Atlanta, click here.

The first patient arrived on Saturday, CBS Atlanta reported.

Patients flew into Atlanta aboard specially equipped jets and will be kept in an isolation unit at the hospital. Emory University officials said the hospital’s isolation unit is one of only four in the country designed for this kind of care, designed in collaboration with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control.

Ebola is a highly lethal virus, according to the World Health Organization, with a death rate of up to 90 percent. While health experts have assured the public that there’s little risk of a wider infection, the anxiety has put hospitals in other parts of the country on alert.

The New York Times reported that patients who checked in to three hospitals displayed symptoms but subsequent testing found no cases of Ebola there.

A woman was also tested for the virus in Columbus, Ohio, but the results were negative, according to WKRN-TV.

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