2 US Ebola victims to arrive at metro Atlanta base

2 US Ebola victims being flown to Atlanta-area military base; at least 1 to be treated locally

In this undated photo released by the Center

In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown. On Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014, officials at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital said they expected one of the Americans to be transferred there "within the next several days." The hospital declined to identify which aid worker, citing privacy laws. (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control) (Credit: AP)

ATLANTA - (AP) -- Federal officials say two American aid workers who contracted Ebola in Africa will be flown into a metro Atlanta military base.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that a private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base with patients evacuated from Africa. The patients will then be taken to medical facilities.

Kirby says officials in the U.S. State Department asked the military to provide an airfield for the arrival.

Details about the patients' movements were not entirely clear Friday. Kirby said he did not know when the patients would arrive.

At least one of the Americans was expected to be treated at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, which has a specialized isolation unit. Hospital officials have declined to identify which patient will be treated there.

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