2nd American with Ebola to land in U.S. today

(WXYZ) - The second American infected with Ebola is expected to land in the U.S. today.

Nancy Writebol contracted the virus while working in West Africa.

Writebol departed Liberia Monday night on a specially-equipped plane. It's expected to arrive at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia around noon.

Writebol is expected to be treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the same facility where her colleague, Dr. Kent Brantly is also receiving treatment for Ebola.

Both Writebol and Dr. Brantly were given a dose of an experimental drug before leaving Liberia. Both are said to be improving, but health leaders are hesitant to credit the drug for their progress.

Writebol's son said his mother was able to eat and drink a small amount and has also made a special request for potato soup and coffee.

Dr. Brantly's condition has also slightly improved. Doctors say his fever is lower.

Though health leaders have said they believe the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. are low, hospitals remain on alert.

Monday morning, a man who had traveled to West Africa and showing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus was admitted to a hospital in New York City.

Health officials say it is unlikely the man has Ebola, but they are keeping him in isolation as a precaution.

He has been tested for the virus and results are expected back today or tomorrow.
 

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