Ebola Patients Homeward Bound

By Erika Edwards

Published 08/01 2014 04:20PM

Updated 08/01 2014 04:25PM

(NBC News) An intensive effort is underway to evacuate two Americans infected with Ebola from West Africa in order to bring them back to the United States for treatment.

It's a global process that will require caution every step of the way, bringing the two infected Americans to Emory University in Atlanta using specialized medevac planes with isolated chambers.

"We've developed a unit that can safely care for a patient with a communicable disease, delivering the highest level of care required," said Dr. Bruce Ribner a professor in the Emory School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division.

There have been more than 1,300 people infected, and more than 700 deaths already during this Ebola outbreak.

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