#iPGN: Second US Ebola patient arrives at hospital

A second American aid worker infected with Ebola in West Africa has arrived at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Sky News reports.

The patient was wheeled on a gurney from an ambulance into a special isolation ward of Emory University Hospital at Tuesday lunchtime.

Although hospital officials have not released the ebola sufferer’s identity, an aid group has said she is one of its employees, 59-year-old missionary Nancy Writebol.

Her fellow medical missionary, Dr. Kent Brantly, was admitted to the same facility on Saturday, though he was able to walk unaided from the ambulance.

Writebol, a mother of two from Charlotte, North Carolina, was flown on Monday from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, said her employer SIM USA.

She is in a serious but stable condition, it added.

She and Dr Brantly, 33, from Texas, contracted ebola while working on the same team treating patients at a hospital near Monrovia.

Writebol was a hygienist whose job it was to decontaminate those entering or leaving the ebola treatment area.

Both Americans are being treated with an experimental drug never tested for safety in humans.

The drug, ZMapp, was identified as a possible treatment in January after research by the US government and the military.

Manufactured by San Diego’s Mapp Biopharmaceutical, it works by boosting the immune system and is made from antibodies produced by lab animals exposed to parts of the virus.

Writebol’s arrival came as officials in Columbus, Ohio, said a woman who returned from travel overseas with suspicious symptoms had tested negative for ebola.

Meanwhile, a New York hospital is testing a man for Ebola after he turned up at the emergency department with fever, though they said he was probably suffering from a much more common condition.

The incidents underscored the heightened state of alert in the US as an ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 900 people rages in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

British Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August over concerns about the outbreak.

Nigeria has now confirmed it has eight suspected and one confirmed case of ebola, while Saudi Arabia said it was also testing a man for the virus.

US border officials say they are screening airline passengers from Africa for symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic fever.

Border patrol agents at Washington’s Dulles International and New York’s JFK airports are on ebola watch as delegations from some 50 African countries attend an economic summit in the nation’s capital this week.

Officials have been told to ask travellers about possible exposure to the virus and to look out for anyone with a fever or signs of sickness.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump meanwhile sparked controversy by lambasting “incompetent” US authorities for allowing the repatriation of the two Ebola-infected Americans.

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