News about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to go from bad to worse.
Last week a doctor leading the fight against the outbreak got sick in Sierra Leone. Now two American aid workers have tested positive for the virus in Liberia, and the outbreak has likely spread to a fourth country, Nigeria.
The Nigerian government said Friday that a Liberian man died of Ebola at a hospital in Lagos — Africa’s most populous city, with more than 20 million people. Although the World Health Organization hasn’t confirmed the Nigerian case, the hospital has been shut down and patients there quarantined, Reuters reported.
All the while, the total number of cases continues to climb. So far, there have been 1,201 cases, including 672 deaths, WHO said Friday.
The first American to catch Ebola in the outbreak is Dr. Kent Brantly. The 33-year-old family doctor from Fort Worth, Texas, was infected while treating patients in Monrovia, the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse said Sunday on its website.
Brantly is the medical director at an Ebola treatment center in Liberia’s capital. The clinic, where he is now being treated, is run by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid group based in Boone, N.C. “He [Brantly] is in stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care,” the Charlotte Observer reported.
Photo: Dr. Kent Brantly (right) of Samaritan’s Purse gives orders to treat Ebola patients through the doorway of the isolation ward in Monrovia, Liberia. (Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse)