Emory University Hospital will be receiving another patient with Ebola from West Africa on Tuesday, the hospital confirmed.
The hospital was informed that the patient is being transported via air ambulance to be brought into Emory’s isolation unit. The hospital says it does not know what time the patient will arrive but that the isolation unit will be the same ward where the infectious-disease team successfully treated Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who both survived the disease.
“We are bound by patient confidentiality and have no information regarding the status of the incoming patient,” the Atlanta-based hospital said in a statement. The incoming patient will be the fourth patient to be treated with Ebola in the U.S. Currently, another patient is being treated for the disease in an isolation unit in Omaha.
The hospital’s isolation unit was specifically built with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to treat patients exposed to serious communicable diseases. Since the Emory University Hospital campus is just minutes away from CDC headquarters, the hospital has a relationship with the CDC and a commitment to treat their health care workers. However, both the patients the hospital has treated in the past were independent health care missionaries.