U.S. relief worker 'fighting through' Ebola virus -son

by Reuters
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:53 GMT

A health worker removes his protective suit as he emerges from an isolation area at the Medecins sans Frontieres Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

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There is no known cure for the deadly disease which has killed over 600 people in West Africa

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., July 30 (Reuters) - An American aid worker infected with Ebola while responding to the outbreak of the deadly virus in Liberia and neighboring African countries is "fighting through it," her son said on Wednesday.

Jeremy Writebol told NBC's "Today" show that his mother, missionary Nancy Writebol, is moving around on her own and receiving a lot of fluids as she is treated in isolation.

"She's working real hard to get through this," her son said.

Nancy Writebol and another U.S. colleague who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Dr. Kent Brantly, have both been described as stable but suffering from some symptoms of the contagious disease, for which there is no known cure.

The fatality rate of the current outbreak, which has killed at least 672 people, is about 60 percent, health officials said.

Writebol and Brantly were part of a team from two North Carolina-based relief organizations, Samaritan's Purse and SIM, which on Tuesday said they would evacuate all nonessential personnel from Liberia as Ebola cases there mount.

Ken Isaacs, a vice president at Samaritan's Purse, told CNN it was believed that a local staff member infected with Ebola came to work with the virus. The staffer has since died.

"We think it was in the scrub-down area where the disease was passed to both Nancy and Kent," Isaacs said. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins)

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