American nurse with Ebola to leave Liberia Tuesday

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 3 at 8:01 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A second American medical missionary stricken with the often deadly Ebola virus is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

U.S. public health officials say treating Nancy Writebol, a nurse, and Dr. Kent Brantly in the U.S. poses no risks to the American public as West Africa grapples with its worst recorded Ebola outbreak with more than 700 deaths.

"The plain truth is that we can stop Ebola," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week.

Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told AP a medical evacuation plane carrying Writebol was expected to leave West Africa early Tuesday for the U.S.

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