Fort Worth Doctor infected with Ebola returns to the U.S.

Friends are celebrating a Fort Worth doctor return to the U.S.  But questions remain about how Dr. Kent Brantly will be treated for Ebola.

Dr. Brantly was diagnosed with the virus a week ago and was flown to an Atlanta hospital Saturday morning where he will be treated.  Dr. Brantly is the first person ever to be on U.S. soil to be infected with the Ebola virus.

Brantly's wife Amber released a statement through the Christian charity, Samaritan's purse.

"It's a relief to welcome Kent home today," the statement said.  "I spoke with him, he's glad to be back in the U.S.  I am thankful to God for his safe transport and for giving him the strength to walk into the hospital."

Dr. Paul Pepe, Director of Medical Services for Dallas, says it's a good sign to see Brantly walking, but he's not out of the woods yet.  There is also concern about bringing the first Ebola patient into the U.S.  But Dr. Pepe says there is no cause for concern.

"The thing about Ebola is, it's very deadly once you contract it.  However, it's not that easy to contract."

He says the facility at Emory University is a state of the art center designed for this kind of isolation and will be able to provide Dr. Brantly with the around the clock care, he'll need.

The other aid worker that was infected with the virus, Nancy Writebol, is expected to be transported to the same facility in the next few days.

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