The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history has now surpassed 700 deaths since March and the United States is now issuing the highest-level travel warning for 3 West African countries because of the crisis.
The World Health Organization announced a $100 million plan on Thursday to send more medical experts and supplies to the overwhelmed region, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds, committed the agency to sending 50 more experts to West Africal.
The CDC advised Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to the three countries hardest hit by the virus — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta issued a statement on Thursday saying it had been told of plans to transfer a patient with Ebola to its special containment unit, set up in collaboration with the C.D.C., in the next several days. Because of privacy laws, the hospital declined to name the patient.
A long-range business jet with an isolation pod left the United States for Liberia last night, and is believed to be part of the evacuation effort for American Samaritan’s Purse Dr. Kent Brantly and Charlotte missionary worker Nancy Writebol. Both may be evacuated to the United States.
Dr. Kent Brantly, a father-of-two from Fort Worth, Texas, deferred the only available dose of experimental treatment serum to Writebol — refusing to take it for himself.
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