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Updated: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:12:41 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Ebola outbreak: Kent Brantly walks into Atlanta hospital



Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly exits an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being flown from Africa. WSB-TV Atlanta/Associated Press

Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly exits an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being flown from Africa. WSB-TV Atlanta/Associated Press

The wife of an American doctor infected with Ebola in Africa says she is pleased her husband was able to walk out of an ambulance when he arrived at a hospital in Atlanta. 

Dr. Kent Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa. He arrived Saturday at one of the nation's best hospitals for treatment in isolation unit. Fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol was expected to arrive in several days.

His wife, Amber Brantly, says she's spoken to her husband and he's glad to be back in the U.S. Family members aren't being allowed physical contact with him for now.

Brantly was the first Ebola victim to be brought to the United States from Africa.

Doctors at Emory University Hospital said they are confident the deadly virus won't escape.

Dr. Jay Varkey, an infectious disease specialist at Emory, said he could not comment on a treatment plan until Brantly had been evaluated. Since there is no known cure, standard procedures are to provide hydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 700 died from infection since February

Brantly works for the North Carolina-based Christian organization Samaritan's Purse. A second infected member of the group, missionary Nancy Writebol, will be brought to the United States on a later flight as the medical aircraft is equipped to carry only one patient at a time.

Brantly and Writebol were responding to the worst West African Ebola outbreak on record when they contracted the disease. Since February, more than 700 people in the region have died from the infection.

Fear that the outbreak killing more than 700 people in Africa could spread in the U.S. has generated considerable anxiety among some Americans. But infectious disease experts said the public faces zero risk as Emory University Hospital treats a critically ill missionary doctor and a charity worker who were infected in Liberia.

Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in several days. She will also be treated in Emory's isolation unit for infectious diseases. The unit was created 12 years ago handle doctors who get sick at the CDC, just up the hill. It is one of about four in the country, equipped with everything necessary to test and treat people exposed to very dangerous viruses.

In Canada, the The Public Health Agency released a statement Saturday saying it is "working closely with its provincial and territorial partners in health. The Agency's National Microbiology Laboratory is well connected with its network of provincial labs to ensure it is ready to detect and respond quickly in the unlikely event that a case arrives in Canada."

Meanwhile, Dubai-based airline Emirates says it is halting flights to the West African nation of Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there.

The Mideast's largest carrier said Sunday that flights to the Guinean capital of Conakry were suspended beginning Saturday until further notice.

The airline says it will continue flying to the West African nation of Senegal, which borders Guinea. 

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