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American being evaluated for Ebola at Emory

NEW YORK -- An American health-care worker in West Africa who may have been infected with Ebola has arrived at Emory University Hospital.

The patient arrived at the hospital's Serious Communicable Diseases Unit Thursday at around 5:45 a.m. The patient's name is not being released, per his wishes.

A hospital spokeswoman on Wednesday confirmed the patient was being flown there. Emory houses a specialized isolation unit that handled four of the 10 Ebola patients previously treated in the U.S.

The spokeswoman did not say why the person was being evacuated even before an Ebola diagnosis. A U.S. State Department official declined to comment, citing privacy considerations.

West Africa is suffering the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 17,100 illnesses and at least 6,000 deaths this year. Six of those treated in the U.S. were Americans infected while providing medical aid there.