American Doctor Contracts Ebola Disease Virus While Treating Patients In Liberia
July 27, 2014 – American Doctor Contracts Ebola Disease Virus While Treating Patients In Liberia
See Photo of Dr Kent Brantly, American Doctor Infected With Ebola Virus
Samaritan’s Purse, the humanitarian arm of the Billy Graham evangelistic organization, announced July 26 that Dr. Kent Brantly has contracted Ebola while working for the organization in Liberia. Dr. Brantly is Medical Director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly is married and has two children.
WFAA reports that Dr. Brantly is from Fort Worth, TX. He is 33 and has been working in Liberia since October. He was taking part in a post-residency program when the Ebola outbreak began.
Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Ebola is an hemorrhagic fever with a very high fatality rate. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have borne the brunt of the recent epidemic, and last week Nigeria recorded its first death.
As of July 20, the number of Ebola cases recorded in the months-long epidemic stood at 1,093, including more than 660 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
The virus can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.
Ebola is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, notably bats.
It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from touching an infected person.
With no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus must be isolated to prevent further contagion.