American doctor contracts Ebola virus in West Africa

BOONE, N.C. - A spokeswoman for an aid organization says an American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in West Africa after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Melissa Strickland is a spokeswoman for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse. She said Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was in stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care.

She cautions that Brantly is not out of the woods. She says patients have a better chance of survival if they receive treatment immediately after being infected, which Brantly did.

The highly contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world.

Brantly has been working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the group's post-residency program for doctors. He is 33 years old.
 

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