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American Ebola virus patient will come to U.S.

3TP SALESOUT NARCH EUOHANDOUT/REUTERS Dr. Kent Brantly (r.) of Samaritan’s Purse relief organization is shown here treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia. He is now gravely ill.

A specially built isolated unit at Emory University in Atlanta will receive an American patient infected with the Ebola virus within the next few days, the facility announced Thursday.

The isolation center is contained in a separate building and is operated in conjunction with the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is one of only four such facilities in the country and is designed to treat serious infectious diseases, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

A U.S. government-owned isolation tent, seen here, could be used to evacuate Ebola-stricken Americans from the West African hot zone. The portable tent is designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Phoenix Air Group.U.S. Centers for Disease Control A U.S. government-owned isolation tent, seen here, could be used to evacuate Ebola-stricken Americans from the West African hot zone. The portable tent is designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Phoenix Air Group.

Earlier Thursday, the CDC had warned against travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The expected patient was not identified because of patient confidentiality laws.

Two Americans in Liberia, where most deaths from the virus have occurred, are currently in stable, but grave, condition. Dr. Kent Brantly of Texas and aid worker Nancy Writebol, a missionary from North Carolina, had been working in a Monrovia hospital treating Ebola victims.

CNN, citing an unnamed source, reported Thursday night that a U.S.-contracted charter flight had left Georgia to evacuate the two American citizens. At least one was headed to Emory, the cable network said.

AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS PUBLICLY DISTRIBUTED HANDOUT PHOTO PROVIDED BY CDCUncredited/AP This CDC photo shows the Ebola Virus under a microscope. Emory University in Atlanta says it will be receiving an American patient infected with the deadly disease.

The flight followed news earlier Thursday that an experimental serum had arrived at Monrovia hospital to treat the Americans, but there was only enough for one dose. Dr. Brantly, who has isolated himself, ordered the medicine should go to Writebol.

Brantly, meanwhile, had received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old boy who survived the virus.

There is no known cure or vaccine for the Ebola virus, which is spread through contact with bodily fluids.

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