Date
22 November 2017
Dr. Kent Brantly (L) is shown in this undated photo as he cares for Ebola patients at a hospital in Monrovia. Photo: Reuters
Dr. Kent Brantly (L) is shown in this undated photo as he cares for Ebola patients at a hospital in Monrovia. Photo: Reuters

US doctor working in Liberia contracts Ebola

An American doctor working for a relief organization in Liberia has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus, media reports said on Sunday.

The doctor, a 33-year-old male named Kent Brantly, is now receiving intensive medical treatment in Monrovia, the Guardian quoted a spokeswoman for aid organization Samaritan’s Purse as saying. 

The US national is in stable condition, but “not out of the woods yet”, the spokeswoman said.

Brantly has been working with Samaritan’s Purse, a US-based relief organization, in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the group’s post-residency program for doctors. 

The highly contagious Ebola is one of the most deadly diseases in the world. It is said to have killed at least 672 people in several African countries since the outbreak began earlier this year.

A government official said on Sunday that one of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the deadly disease, the Guardian said.

Dr Samuel Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak which is said to have killed 129 people in the West African nation. A Ugandan doctor working in the country died earlier this month.

Last week a Liberian man died of Ebola in the Nigerian city of Lagos, the first confirmed case in Africa’s biggest city, the report noted.

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