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US aid workers headed to Atlanta for Ebola care

By Mike Stobbe

NEW YORK (AP) - When two U.S. aid workers sick with Ebola arrive in Atlanta from Africa, they will be whisked into one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country.

One of the Americans is due to arrive at the unit at Emory University Hospital on Saturday. The second is expected to arrive a few days later for treatment.

Both worked in a Liberian hospital that treated Ebola patients until they too were diagnosed with the disease.

It will be the first time anyone infected with Ebola is brought into the country. U.S. officials are confident they can be treated without putting the public in any danger.

Liberia is one of the three West Africa countries coping with the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

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Paul FIQUET August 02 2014 at 8:31 AM

Why not have American disease control secure a facility in Liberia for special treatment of the two people without having to take a chance bringing that disease into the US ??

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allstarcaps Paul FIQUET August 02 2014 at 12:19 PM

"This is the way the world ends...not with a bang, but a whimper." ― Stephen King, The Stand

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barbgre1 allstarcaps August 02 2014 at 12:37 PM

Definitely possible, in spite of the "we can control this" speeches from government. Obama doesn't seem to care about the diseases coming over the border, either.

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Carl August 02 2014 at 7:30 AM

That's great! Let's bring some people who have the ebola virus to the US. What could possibly go wrong? I would say from all the screw-ups lately in these infectious labs, it worries me that these people will be here in the US with one of the worst virus's in the World. It has tones of the black plague!!!!!

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polishparalt August 02 2014 at 7:54 AM

Now we have broke quarantine and containment on a disease with a 90% case fatality rate which has no known cure, and no vaccine. Sorry to say, but these two people are already dead if they have it......who in the United States government has allowed this? If this breaks quarantine and containment, it won't matter who allowed this, there won't be many people left to ask the question........

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JOE August 02 2014 at 8:30 AM

This friggin scares the hell out of me, Importing a killer virus that has NO known cure to the U.S. That is just brilliant...The 'experts' say that there is no threat to the public, but all it takes is one mistake and we have an epidemic that will kill thousands....This reminds me of the time they imported KILLER BEES into the country to genetically improve the species ....no problem they said they are isolated...B.S. they escaped and are spreading all across the country.

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sentineljoe JOE August 02 2014 at 12:04 PM

its called "conditioning"....u feel like u need govt. intervention???,GOOD!...mission accomplished!

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JOSE--USMC--0311 JOE August 02 2014 at 12:58 PM


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scottynono1 August 02 2014 at 9:15 AM

Ok cool I allowed to comment again so here we go. I like the fact that they were trying to help other people, But their own ignorance in not protecting themselves properly is just plain stupid. Why would they come back or the usa bring them back and take a chance of an outbreak that could kill thousands if not millions of people.

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Mary scottynono1 August 02 2014 at 9:31 AM

Another stupid comment.

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goodgrief61945 Mary August 02 2014 at 11:33 AM

Wouldn't be stupid if you got it .

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goodgrief61945 scottynono1 August 02 2014 at 11:36 AM

Better burn the plane after landing. Are they going to be in some kind of bubble on the flight?

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mymichimichi August 02 2014 at 10:03 AM

Is there a reason they can't receive treatment where they are without introducing the disease to another continent and putting people at risk? It's arrogant to think we're brilliant enough to contain it 100%. If that were true, there wouldn't be an outbreak and these people wouldn't have been infected in the first place.

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Paolo August 02 2014 at 9:52 AM

just brilliant.....this is not about ignorance this is about putting the public at large at risk...unbelievable that we would take such a risk........tells us something about our decision making .....CDC what re you thinking????

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tootiesandi August 02 2014 at 10:19 AM

"U.S. officials are confident" There is your warning. They cannot close our borders, stop spending and stop being idiots. Yes, I feel real safe. My first question was "WHY?" This disease CANNOT be cured and they contracted it. Why put them on a plane, transport them through a city, and put them in a hospital in the US? Sure, U.S. officials are confident and thousands of U.S. citizens are now at an enormous risk.

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backwaterfcr August 02 2014 at 8:10 AM

Well first the good news with a 40% survival rate the might just be able to develop a vaccine. Now the bad news, with a 40% survival rate the virus has more more time in it's host to adapt and mutate and could go airborne. Good bye everyone.

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zjk2 August 02 2014 at 11:00 AM

houcasey if your so smart why aint you rich

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