A United States doctor who has been treating Ebola patients in west Africa has contracted the disease.
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, from Texas, has been working for the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, in the midst of an Ebola outbreak.
Brantly recognized that he was suffering from symptoms of ebola and confined himself to an isolation ward.
He is the first American to contract the disease during the current outbreak, reports The Huffington Post.
"Dr Kent Brantly, Medical Director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, has tested positive for the ebola virus,” a statement from the charity read.
Brantly is undergoing treatment at a Samaritan’s Purse isolation center at ELWA Hospital.
"Dr. Brantly is married with two children. Samaritan’s Purse is committed to doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly during this time of crisis. We ask everyone to please pray for him and his family,” the statement continued.
Brantly wore a special suit to protect him from the highly contagious disease while working in an Ebola ward in Monrovia, reports The Daily Mail. Samaritan’s Purse claims strict safety protocols were taken when treating people.
It is unknown how Brantly contracted the disease.
There is only a 10% chance of survival from Ebola. The disease is spread through blood, bodily fluids, or infected tissues in people or animals.
The current ebola outbreak has killed 672 people in at least four countries.
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