Emory University Hospital is expected to receive a patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus within the next several days, the university announced Thursday.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are the two Americans currently being flown from Liberia,  but it’s not clear which patient will be at Emory, or when they will arrive. Emory is equipped with an isolation unit to treat patients exposed to certain serious infectious diseases.  The unit, which is a collab with the CDC, is separate from the other patients and is one of only four such facilities in the country.

At least one of the two will be taken to a hospital at Emory University, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, hospital officials told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Brantly and Writebol are described as being in stable-but-grave conditions, with both reportedly taking a turn for the worse overnight, according to statements released Thursday by the faith-based charity Samaritan’s Purse.

There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola, which the World Health Organization says is believed to have infected 1,323 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria between March and July 27.

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  • Rihsus

    I will be starting at EU in about a month or so and this makes me somewhat nervous cause Emory university hospital is right on campus but it is connected to the CDC by a large exterior hallway so I wouldn’t be too worried. They are likely to be contained and tested by the best right on site so they won’t be moving across the Atlanta at all.

  • Mary Burrell

    This reminds me of “The Walking Dead” except this is real life. Even though the news media is saying they are taking all the precaution to contain this disease and they have coordinated how the medical team will be caring for Dr. Brantley. This still makes me uneasy. If something were to go wrong God forbid, they would not tell us. And maybe they shouldn’t because that would cause panic all around. I pray for Dr. Brantley and the other worker’s recovery and health.

  • Thanks for showing that story.

  • This is certainly a historic event since it’s the first time that an American citizen has been brought into an American hospital, who has Ebola virus. First, I hope that all precautions are made in the Atlanta hospital. In that way, human beings can use the proper means to assist the man with a serious condition. I see that the man is walking and he is covered all over with specialized clothing. He should be monitored constantly because of the obvious reason. I hope that he does get better including all of the other victims of ebola. Unfortunately, a lot of people have died by the disease. We all send our prayers and our condolences to the families and friends of those who passed away from ebola. I don’t believe in fear mongering, but it is a historical fact that many evil people have used diseases to harm innocent human life before. Strong preparedness, compassion, and activism are needed in dealing with the ebola crisis going on in the Motherland.