An American doctor treating Ebola-infected patients in Liberia has contracted the deadly virus, the organization for which he works said Saturday.
Thirty-three year old Dr. Kent Brantly has a private practice in Fort Worth in Texas, and had been working as the medical director for the Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center of Samaritan’s Purse in the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, since October 2013.
The Samaritan’s Purse said Brantly has been receiving treatment at the organization’s isolation center at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital after he was diagnosed positive for the virus.
Melissa Strickland, spokeswoman of Samaritan’s Purse, said Brantly’s wife and two children had been living with the doctor in Liberia, but currently they are in the U.S.
Few days ago, a doctor in Sierra Leone, who is also leading the fight against Ebola, also catches the disease.
The latest incidents of Ebola infection have increased fears that the virus might spread in other most densely populated cities in the region. Nigeria which is the largest city in Africa with 21 million residents, recorded its first case after a Liberian man died last week in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Ebola outbreak has so far killed more than 600 patients in four West African countries this year.