US aid workers headed to Atlanta for Ebola care

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This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Aid officials say a plane carrying an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus is heading to the U.S.

The doctor is the first of two seriously ill Americans being flown to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital for treatment. Samaritan's Purse missionary group tells The Associated Press that a plane carrying Dr. Kent Brantly has left West Africa.

He is due to arrive in a private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The second patient will follow.

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

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