Samaritan's Purse is doing a good job of updating its website with the latest on this story: Slight Improvement for Doctor with Ebola. Excerpt:
Dr. Kent Brantly, a doctor working for Samaritan’s Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM, have shown a slight improvement in the past 24 hours. However, both remain in serious condition in Liberia where they are being treated for Ebola.
Because of instability and ongoing security issues in the area, Samaritan’s Purse is curtailing operations in Liberia. Non-essential personnel are being evacuated but medical staff are remaining on site to treat patients.
We ask that people continue to pray for Kent and Nancy and all those who are affected by Ebola and the tremendous group of doctors and nurses who are caring for them.
Dr. Brantly, medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse care center serving the Liberian capital of Monrovia, and Writebol, part of the joint Serving In Mission/Samaritan’s Purse team, continue to undergo intensive treatment at an isolation center at ELWA Hospital.
“We are doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly and Nancy,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “We ask everyone to please pray urgently for them and their families.”
Dr. Brantly, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through the post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the Ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the U.S. about a week ago, before he started showing any signs of illness.
Last week, Dr. Brantly recognized that he had symptoms associated with Ebola, and immediately isolated himself.
Writebol works with SIM, which manages ELWA Hospital. The two organizations have been working closely to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March. She had been working as a hygienist who decontaminated those entering and leaving the isolation ward of the Case Management Center at the hospital. She is married with two children.
“Their heroic and sacrificial service—along with the entire team there—is a shining example of Christ’s love in this crisis situation,” Graham said.
The two cases underscore the seriousness of the horrific outbreak that is spreading throughout Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea and infecting hundreds of people at an unprecedented rate. The deadly disease, which causes massive internal bleeding and has a mortality rate of 60 to 90 percent in most situations, has claimed more than 670 lives.
In the span of 42 years (1976-2008), the Ebola virus infected 2,232 people in remote village areas and killed 1,503. Just since early this year, the mortality rate has already claimed nearly a third of those fatalities as it has infiltrated three capital cities with populations in the millions.