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2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

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UPDATE: ATLANTA (AP) - Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital.

Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the dangerous disease.

Hospital officials did not identify the patients, citing confidentiality rules. They were previously identified as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.

Ribner oversees the isolation unit. He says one of the patients was expected to arrive Monday, while a second was expected several days later.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in metro Atlanta with the patients evacuated from Africa. Kirby did not have further details.

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$100 million response plan launching after 729 Ebola related deaths

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
    
The World Health Organization said Friday it is launching a new joint $100 million response plan to the outbreak that has killed at least 729 people in four countries.
    
It is the largest recorded outbreak of Ebola in history, and has prompted fears the disease could spread beyond Africa's borders.
    
While direct physical contact with bodily fluids is needed for Ebola to spread, new cases are mounting in part because sick people are refusing to go to isolation centers in the affected countries.
    
The new response plan includes deploying hundreds more health workers to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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