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IU Medical School Graduate With Ebola Returns To U.S.

The IU graduate was working at a hospital in Liberia treating patients for Ebola.

Emory University Hospital

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Emory University Hospital is located in Atlanta.

One of two American aid workers who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Africa has returned to the U.S. for treatment.

The doctor, Kent Brantly, graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2009.

As the New York Times reports, Brantly is being taken to Emory University Hospital.

The aid worker, who is believed to be the first patient with the virus who will be treated at a hospital in the United States, landed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, and was driven by ambulance, with a police escort, headed for Emory University Hospital, which has a containment unit for patients with dangerous infectious diseases. The facility at Emory, in Atlanta, was built more than a decade ago with consultation from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has its headquarters nearby.

Emory, citing health privacy laws, declined to identify the patient, but local media reports said that it was Dr. Kent Brantly. The physician and the other American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, were working at a hospital in Liberia that was treating patients suffering from Ebola.

Both of the aid workers are in stable, but grave condition.

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