Liberian in Greensboro Worried For Family in #EbolaOutbreak

No cure. No vaccine. High death rates.

With the Ebola outbreak on the rise in West Africa, a group working with Samaritan's Purse is making plans right now to evacuate most of its staff out of the region.

The decision comes after nearly 700 people have died and a thousand people are infected with the Ebola virus.

One Greensboro man is watching that terror unfold in his home country. "It was getting worse and people were dying," said Reverend Wheigar Bright. His home country of Liberia is getting worse by the day.

"Hearing from people from back home, I think there are a lot of concerns," said Bright.

READ: Two Americans in Isolation After Contracting Ebola Virus

Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and even his brother are living in the area where Ebola is spreading rapidly. He says they're trying not to eat food prepared by others or even use the local water source.

The situation is so serious, Bright says he's heard hospitals are turning away patients. "If you begin to sense the symptoms and go to some of the hospitals, there is a refusal now."

It's to the point where even health care workers are scared for their lives. "The fear of even doctors and nurses to continue doing their work because some of them are dying also," said Bright.

Bright got a call from his niece last night. He was happy it was just to chat. He admits he's concerned every time someone calls from Liberia, knowing it could be for a reason far worse.

"People are barely trying to make it with the little they have, and then this thing come on top of that," said Bright. "How many more will not make it? How many more will be affected by this thing?"

Fortunately, none of Bright's friends or relatives have contracted the virus.

His brother-in-law is trying to get his wife and children to the U-S because the situation is so dangerous right now.


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