Plane with Ebola patient stops in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of the two Americans infected with the Ebola virus is back in the United States Saturday.

The specially-equipped plane that brought Dr. Kent Brantly from Africa to Atlanta, where he's currently being treated, made a stop at the Bangor International Airport Saturday morning.

The plane touched down at about 7:30 a.m., refueling and then taking off within an hour. It also underwent a customs inspection, standard procedure for international flights.

Airport officials said they got word of the planned stop Friday afternoon. Not long after, the airport notified the city manager and city council members as well.

"Bangor International Airport routinely receives medical flights on diversions and scheduled medical flights for technical stops, as well as general technical stops, because we are the closest airport to Europe," the airport's marketing manager, Risteen Bahr, said.

Ebola has been spreading rapidly in Africa and has killed close to 1,000 people, but Bangor Public Health Director Patty Hamilton said people in Maine have nothing to worry about.

"The risk to us is pretty slight, and we just need to take the precautions that we're accustomed to taking," she said.

The CDC will keep Dr. Brantly in quarantined conditions at Emory University, so health experts can take care of him.


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