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American Ebola patient arrives in US, man in Dallas still 'critical'

10/6/2014

Reuters
By Lisa Maria Garza and Sharon Begley
Dallas/New York

(Reuters) - The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa arrived in the United States for treatment on Monday as the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil fought for his life at a Dallas hospital, officials said.

A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha en route to the Nebraska Medical Center, NBC reported. The plane was met by an ambulance manned by workers in yellow protective suits, NBC video showed.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Monday said his agency would work "very closely" with the Nebraska hospital, which treated another Ebola patient in recent weeks.

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