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Hospital: American health-care worker in West Africa coming to US for Ebola monitoring

12/03/2014 05:44 EST | Updated 02/02/2015 05:59 EST
NEW YORK, N.Y. - An American health-care worker in West Africa who may have been infected with Ebola is being flown to the United States.

A spokeswoman for Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Wednesday confirmed the patient is being flown there. Emory houses a specialized isolation unit that handled four of the 10 Ebola patients previously treated in the U.S.

Details about the patient were not released. The spokeswoman did not say why the person was being evacuated even before an Ebola diagnosis. A U.S. State Department official declined to comment, citing privacy considerations.

West Africa is suffering the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 17,100 illnesses and at least 6,000 deaths this year. Six of those treated in the U.S. were Americans infected while providing medical aid there.

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