Dr. Kent Brantly (in doorway in protective gear). Credit: Samaritan's Purse.
Thanks to Charles Simmins for tweeting a heads-up about this Reuters report: U.S. doctor contracts Ebola in Liberia. Excerpt:
A 33-year-old American doctor working for a relief organization in Liberia's capital has tested positive for the tropical disease Ebola, according to a statement from Samaritan's Purse.
Dr. Kent Brantly, medical director at one of the country's two treatment centers run by the organization, recognized his own symptoms and confined himself to an isolation ward.
It was not immediately clear how he caught Ebola. The relief group's Melissa Strickland said that he had followed strict safety protocols when treating patients.
"It's too early to try to explain it. We will have an intensive and thorough investigation," she said.
Dr. Brantly is on Twitter, though he hasn't tweeted since mid-May. But this might be a good time to start following him, if only as a sign of support.