Second US Ebola-infected nurse moved to Atlanta

Washington: The second nurse infected with Ebola in the US has been moved from Texas to the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where two Americans overcame the disease last August.

"After consultation with the health authorities and the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital (in Texas) has transferred the second worker infected with Ebola so that she receives treatment," the Texan hospital said in a statement.

Nurse Amber Joy Vinson, 29, had been admitted Tuesday night to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, where she contracted the disease while taking care of Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.

Another nurse, Nina Pham, the first person infected in the US with the Ebola virus, is being treated at the same Dallas clinic.

Emory is one of the four US hospitals that have a special isolation room for highly contagious diseases.

The hospital, located a few metres from the Centres for Disease Control headquarters, this summer treated Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, who were transferred from Liberia and were discharged late August.

A third patient, who has not been identified, remains under treatment at Emory since a little over a month.

The epidemic, which has plagued West Africa since last March, especially Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry, has already caused 4,447 deaths and infected 8,914 people, according to the latest data from the World Health Organisation.

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