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US Doctor With Ebola 'Seems To Be Improving'
An American doctor infected with the ebola virus in West Africa "seems to be improving," according to a US official.
Aid worker Kent Brantly was flown from Liberia to his home country on Saturday and is now being treated at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Wearing a white bio-suit, he was seen walking slowly into the medical facility which has a state-of-the-art isolation unit.
Another person in an identical suit was holding both Dr Brantly's gloved hands outside the Emory University hospital.
Doctors say they are confident the deadly virus will not escape.
Tom Frieden, the director of the Atlanta-based Centres for Disease Control, told CBS: "It's encouraging that he seems to be improving.
"That's really important, and we're hoping he'll continue to improve. But Ebola is such a scary disease because it's so deadly."
More than 700 people have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia during the current outbreak but Mr Frieden is confident it can be contained.
"The plain fact is, we can stop it. We can stop it from spreading in hospitals and we can stop it in Africa," he said.
"In fact, we have stopped every previous outbreak, and I'm confident we can stop this one."
The disease has a fatality rate of 60-90%.
Dr Brantly, who had been treating people in Liberia, was transported in a specially equipped plane to contain infectious diseases.
A second American with the virus, missionary Nancy Writebol, is due to arrive on a later flight as the aircraft is only able to carry one patient at a time.
Meanwhile, one of Britain's leading public health doctors has said drug companies are "morally bankrupt" for failing to invest in research into the virus.
Doctor John Ashton, who is president of the Faculty of Public Health, has accused the West of "tardiness" in its response to the disease.