2nd American With Ebola Expected to Arrive in US Tuesday

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Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantley Released from Emory Hospital
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Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantley Released from Emory Hospital (ABC News)

The plane carrying the second American patient who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia will leave the U.S. for the West African country later today and is expected to return Tuesday, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The private air ambulance is scheduled to take off today and arrive in Liberia after one stopover, the official said. The plane will then bring aid worker Nancy Writebol to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., and is expected to land midday Tuesday.

The same plane brought Dr. Kent Brantly to Georgia on Saturday. He's undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital, where Writebol will be treated after she arrives in the U.S.

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Brantly and Writebol both worked at a hospital in Liberia. He's the first patient infected with Ebola to be on U.S. soil.

"We thank God that they are alive and now have access to the best care in the world," Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, said in a statement.

While Ebola is a highly fatal disease, an outbreak of the virus is incredibly unlikely within the U.S. The containment units Brantly and Writebol will be treated in are designed to isolate infected patients and protect health workers and the public from the disease.

The director for the Centers for Disease Control, Tom Frieden, told ABC News the isolation unit at Emory University Hospital, where both Brantly and Writebol will be treated, was one of only four in the nation.

Ebola does not easily spread from person to person. The virus is transmitted through bodily secretions, including blood and urine, or through contaminated surfaces. As a result, the group most at risk is medical staff.

More than 700 people have died after contracting Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since cases were first reported in March, according to the World Health Organization.

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