BETHESDA, Md. (NBC News) – An American healthcare worker has been infected with Ebola while treating patients in Sierra Leone.
Officials say the worker will be transported back to the United States in isolation on a chartered aircraft.
Once on American soil, that person will be treated at the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit, a high-level containment facility in Maryland.
So far, eight Americans have been infected with Ebola. All have survived.
The virus has infected more than 24,000 people in West Africa, killing more than 10,000 patients there. The World Health Organization says more than 800 of those infected are doctors or nurses responding to the outbreak.