Ebola virus fears resurface with recent outbreak in Africa

Two United States officials contracted Ebola recently in Africa.
Two United States officials contracted Ebola recently in Africa.

(WTNH) — Fears are increasing that Ebola may spread. Two American aid workers are in serious condition after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia. The frontline of this outbreak is in West Africa. Dr. Kent Brantly works for Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina-based evangelical Christian charity which announced it will evacuate all non-essential personnel from Liberia.

Kent Smith, Elder, Southside Church of Christ, said, “He knew the danger he was placing himself in and he willingly and voluntarily decided to do that.”

More than 1,200 people have contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa and experts are calling this the largest outbreak ever. Nearly 700 people have died.

The disease isn’t spread like the flu. It requires direct contact with bodily fluids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that Americans should not panic.

Dr. Stephan Monroe of the CDC said, “We’re pretty confident that the normal isolation protocols in U.S. or Western-style medicine would prevent transmission.” Still, the CDC is urging all doctors here in the United States to be on the watch for anyone traveling from that region who may show symptoms including fever, rash, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The American widow of a Liberian government official who died of Ebola last week is speaking out. She says her husband had planned to travel from Africa to home in Minnesota next month. Decontee Sawyer, whose husband died of Ebola, said, “We’ve already lost Patrick and we’re losing tons of people there. And we don’t need that killer to come here as well.”

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