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2nd American infected with Ebola headed to Atlanta

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 8:56 a.m. CST
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Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo provided by Samaritan's Purse. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa, arriving at at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol was expected to arrive in several days. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)
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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)

ATLANTA – The second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola in west Africa is en route to Atlanta.

A chartered plane equipped to contain infectious diseases took off at 1:12 a.m. local time (9:12 p.m. EDT Monday) from Monrovia, Liberia. An Associated Press reporter saw the four-vehicle convoy arrive at the airport.

Although hospital officials haven't released the patient's identity, the aid group she was working with has identified her as 59-year-old Nancy Writebol. SIM said in a statement Tuesday morning that Writebol remains in serious but stable condition.

An official at Bangor International Airport in Maine says the plane landed there Tuesday morning to refuel and undergo a federal customs inspection before heading to Atlanta.

Writebol will be treated at an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Kent Brantly was taken there Saturday.

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