Americans Infected With Ebola Virus In Serious Condition

BOONE, N.C. -- The largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded has one North Carolina organization working around the clock to protect its own. Samaritan's Purse in Boone, a Christian organization that helps people across the world, has set up a command center after two missionaries serving in Africa tested positive for Ebola. As of Monday night, Dr. Kent Brantly of Fort Worth, Texas and hygienist Nancy Writebol from Charlotte, were in serious, but stable condition.

Ebola is a very contagious and deadly disease. There is no cure for the virus and the death rates from past outbreaks are around 90 percent. More than 1,000 people have been infected in West Africa and nearly 700 have died.

Currently, the outbreak is in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. One Liberian man infected with Ebola flew to Nigeria where he later died. The hospital in Nigeria where he died announced Monday it was shutting down for one week as a precaution.

"It's getting out of hand and needs international attention," Ken Issacs, VP of Samaritan's Purse said.

Medical workers must wear special protective suits while treating Ebola patients, but those precautions aren't completely fool-proof. Nurses and doctors in West Africa have already died from the disease.

Samaritan's Purse has around 355 people helping with the Ebola outbreak. It said they're from Canada, Great Britain, Liberia and the United States. Samaritan's Purse said if the international help does not come and the outbreak continues, it will consider pulling its members out of Africa.

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