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Aug 1, 2014 12:01 PM by NBC News

Ebola Patient Heading To U.S.

(NBC News) As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak grows in Africa a hospital in the United States is preparing to care for a patient suffering from the deadly virus.

More than 1,300 have been infected and more than 700 people have died in West Africa.

Two of those are Americans, volunteers helping others in the region.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is preparing its special facility containment unit designed to treat patients with serious infectious diseases to care for one Ebola patient.

Two Americans involved in the fight against the disease in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, are known to have contracted serious cases of Ebola, but it's unclear whether one of them is the Atlanta-bound patient.

The Samaritan's Purse charity, which Brantly works with, said in a statement Thursday that both were in stable but grave condition.

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