59-year-old Nancy Writebol is a missionary who was helping patients in Liberia
Update: Aug. 5, 1:10 p.m. ET
The second American Ebola patient arrived at an Atlanta hospital Tuesday for treatment, as Africa continues to battle the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
Infected missionary Nancy Writebol’s air ambulance, taking her from Liberia to Georgia with a brief stop in Maine to refuel, is the very same plane that transported the first American Ebola patient from Liberia over the weekend. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, arrived at the Emory University Hospital on Saturday.
They are the first two people to ever be treated for Ebola in the United States.
Whitebol, 59, was a medical missionary with Service in Mission (SIM) treating patients with the disease.
“Her husband told me Sunday her appetite has improved, and she requested one of her favorite dishes—Liberian potato soup—and coffee,” SIM USA president Bruce Johnson said in a statement. Brantly’s wife also says her husband is in good spirits.
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York had an Ebola scare when a man who had recently visited West Africa and is suffering from stomach problems and high fever checked in Monday. But after consulting with the hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city’s health department said that he most likely is not suffering from the disease.
A total of 1,603 people have been infected and 887 have died in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone during the current outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.