Liberia — A Fort Worth doctor, working with a humanitarian organization, has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus while treating ill patients in Liberia.
33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly is the medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. The organization said Brantly has been working with infected patients since last October. According to the Samaritan’s Purse spokeswoman, Brantly started showing symptoms last week, and promptly isolated himself. He was officially diagnosed with the virus on Saturday.
The organization said the doctor is hospitalized and is undergoing treatment. Health officials say the Ebola outbreak is centered primarily in West Africa, and is the deadliest to date, killing over 600-people and infecting some 1,093 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Reports indicate another doctor working on Ebola cases in Sierra Leone has also been infected.
On the organization’s website, Samaritan’s Purse states: “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.”
Brantly completed a four-year residency at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. A hospital spokeswoman said he began his work in Liberia following his residency.
In a statement, the JPS said in part: “Everyone at JPS Health Network is keeping Dr. Kent Brantly and his family in our thoughts as he recovers from Ebola.” The statement continues:”We are humbled by Dr. Brantly’s brave decision to practice medicine in such a challenging environment during his two-year fellowship with Samaritan’s Purse.”