A plane carrying the second Ebola patient brought back to the United States for treatment landed in Bangor Tuesday morning to refuel.

Nancy Writebol, a missionary from North Carolina who contracted Ebola while working with patients in Liberia, was being taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The hospital has one of the most sophisticated isolation units in the country. The plane arrived safely in Atlanta late Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.

The plane landed at Bangor International Airport shortly around 8:10 a.m. and left at 8:45 a.m., according to airport officials. The plane was refueled and inspected by U.S. Customs before it left for Georgia.

Dr. Kent Brantly, who was also infected with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia, was flown to Atlanta Saturday after first stopping in Bangor. No one got off the plane while it was in Maine.

The private plane is outfitted with a portable tent designed for transporting patients with highly infectious diseases.

Liberia is one of the three West Africa countries hit hard by the largest Ebola outbreak in history. Ebola has killed at least 887 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Ebola is contracted through direct contact with bodily fluids. There is no cure for the virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever and kills as many as 60 to 80 percent of the people it infects.

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