FREETOWN: Alarm soared in west Africa Monday over the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak yet, with an American doctor and a missionary contracting the disease in Liberia and the death of the first victim from Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, said that its physician Kent Brantly was in stable condition and had been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
His symptoms included intermittent fever and body aches.Nancy Writebol, a missionary with the SIM Christian charity that runs the hospital, was also in stable condition as of Sunday morning, according to Samaritan’s Purse.
“They’re both receiving intensive early treatment, but certainly it’s a dangerous situation and a frightening situation,” spokeswoman Melissa Strickland told AFP.Early treatment is one key to recovery from the potentially deadly disease, she added.
“We remain optimistic for his recovery, but certainly he is not out of the woods,” Strickland had said of Dr Brantly earlier.
“Samaritan’s Purse is committed to doing everything possible to help Dr Brantly during this time of crisis. We ask everyone to please pray for him and his family,” it added.
Source : APP