Texas doctor who moved to Africa to help ebola patients has contracted the disease which has now spread to Nigeria after an infected businessman boarded a plane
- Kent Brantly is being cared for in an isolation ward in Liberia
- 33-year-old doctor had moved to West Africa with his wife and children to work for health charity
- Another physician in Liberia, Dr Samuel Brisbane, died form the virus on Saturday
- Highly contagious disease has spread to at least four countries and killed 672 this year
By Associated Press Reporter and Jessica Jerreat
Published: 04:01 GMT, 27 July 2014 | Updated: 16:21 GMT, 27 July 2014
A Texas doctor who had moved to Liberia to work for a medical charity has been infected with the deadly virus ebola.
Dr Kent Brantly, who moved to the country before the outbreak, is now being treated for the disease at a Liberia hospital as news that one of the West African nation’s most respected physicians has died from the virus.
A government official confirmed that Dr Samuel Brisbane, chief medical doctor at the country’s largest hospital, passed away Saturday in the largest outbreak of ebola.
Ebola, one of the world’s deadliest viruses, has been spreading through West Africa, with the latest case being confirmed in Nigeria after an infected businessman traveled there by plane.
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Another victim: Dr Kent Brantly, pictured with his wife and children who were with him in Africa until recently, but who officials don’t believe have the virus
Mission: Dr Kent Brantly, pictured tending to an ebola patient in Liberia, is now being treated for the disease
Dr Brantly, medical director for the North Carolina-based company Samaritan’s Purse, had been part of a team working in grueling conditions at an ebola ward in Monrovia.
The married father-of-two had to wear a special suit to protect him from the highly contagious disease, while working in an isolation unit in the stifling African heat.
Although his family had been living in Liberia with him, a spokesperson for Samaritan’s Purse said they were in the U.S. when he fell ill.
The 33-year-old joined the Christian international relief organization after finishing his medical residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, in Forth Worth.
President of the Texas hospital, Robert Earley, said staff were shocked and saddened by the news, as he praised Dr Brantly’s dedication to help others.
‘This is the kind of individual that he is. They go into the worst situations in the world and try to save lives,’ he told WFAA.
Colleagues at Samaritan’s Purse said the agency was doing everything in its power to get Dr Brantly the best possible care.
Dedication: Brantly was working for charity Samaritan’s Purse when he fell ill. His wife and children had also moved to Liberia but are currently in the U.S.