(ATLANTA) — Nancy Writebol, an American nurse with Ebola, has made a stop in Maine on her way from Liberia to Georgia for treatment.
The plane carrying Writebol, 59, was the same one that earlier carried another American with Ebola, Dr. Kent Brantly, when he arrived in the United States this weekend. Before landing and taking off in Bangor, Maine, en route to Atlanta, the plane stopped at a Portuguese air base off the coast of Africa.
Writebol was working with the missionary charity SIM USA to help treat Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, when she contracted the disease.
Before she took off for the flight, SIM put out a statement Monday saying that she was in serious but stable condition and was showing signs of improvement, including an increasing appetite.
Like Brantly, who was seen walking from an ambulance into the hospital Saturday, Writebol will be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brantly’s family has been able to visit him, though Brantley is kept separated by glass partitions.
Writebol’s husband, David, was in Liberia with her and will be arriving in the United States in “a few days,” according to the statement put out by SIM on Monday.
Her arrival in the United States comes after health officials in New York lessened fears that a case of Ebola had been reported in Manhattan. A patient was being treated for Ebola-like symptoms at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital and the man is still undergoing tests they are expected to be negative.
“After consultation with CDC and Mount Sinai, the Health Department has concluded that the patient is unlikely to have Ebola,” an official at the New York City Health Department said. “Specimens are being tested for common causes of illness and to definitively exclude Ebola.”
That was not the only international scare reported overnight, as the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry reported that it was testing a man who recently traveled to Sierra Leone, one of the countries with confirmed cases of Ebola.
The man, 40, who has not been identified, is reportedly presenting symptoms of hemorrhagic fever and is in critical condition but is still undergoing tests to rule out other illnesses. He remains in isolation at a hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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