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NEW YORK (AP) - Aid officials say an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus is the first being flown to the U.S. for treatment.

Two seriously ill Americans will be treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital. Samaritan's Purse missionary group tells The Associated Press that a plane carrying Dr. Kent Brantly has left West Africa.

He is due to arrive Saturday in Atlanta in a private jet outfitted with a special, portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases. The second patient will follow a few days later.

It will be the first time anyone infected with the disease is brought into the country. U.S. officials are confident the patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger.

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