U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia

Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Associated Press/Samaritan's Purse

DAKAR (Reuters) – A 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organization in Liberia’s capital has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola, according to a statement from Samaritan’s Purse.

Dr. Kent Brantly, medical director at one of the country’s two treatment centers run by the organization, recognized his own symptoms and confined himself to an isolation ward.

It was not immediately clear how he caught Ebola. The relief group’s Melissa Strickland said that he had followed strict safety protocols when treating patients.

“It’s too early to try to explain it. We will have an intensive and thorough investigation,” she said.

Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, at least 660 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, as poor, ill-equipped African governments have struggled to cope with the virus.

Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those who catch it, although the fatality rate of the current outbreak is lower at around 60 percent. Highly contagious, patients suffer from vomiting and diarrhea as well as internal and external bleeding.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Latest Stories

in Sports

California to big-league ballplayers: Stop chewing tobacco


California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Regional Home Sales Up In 3rd Quarter


Home sales in the region were up about 5% over last year in the third quarter.

in Sports

Aaron Hernandez due in court as DA seeks access to evidence


The former New England Patriots player is due in court for a pretrial hearing in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men.

in Music, Entertainment

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are having a baby


The R&B star and the cover girl are pregnant, just weeks after the couple revealed they had been struggling to conceive.

in Sports

NBA: Warriors buy land for San Francisco basketball arena


The Golden State Warriors basketball team on Monday acquired a 12-acre site in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood where it plans to build a new, 18,000-seat arena for the reigning NBA champs.