Doc Sick with Ebola Shows Signs of Improvement
The unprecedented Ebola virus outbreak is moving faster than efforts to contain it. But there is some good news: Health workers say the deadly virus is unlikely to become a global pandemic.
The Ebola virus has been contained mostly to the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The disease is not airborne. The only way it spreads is through direct contact with an infected person's body fluids.
Still, this is the most serious outbreak of Ebola ever seen. So far, more than 1,300 West Africans have contracted the disease, and at least 729 have died from the virus.
Meanwhile Kent Brantly, the American doctor who was infected with the virus while doing missions work in Liberia, is showing signs of improvement at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
He was flown home over the weekend and surprised many by walking into the hospital.
"I was able to see Kent today. He is in good spirits," the Christian Post quoted Brantly's wife, Amber.
International Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse added, "We praise God for the news that Kent's condition is improving. We can confirm that Kent was able to receive a dose of the experimental serum prior to leaving Liberia,"
A second missionary, nurse Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive at Emory on Tuesday.
In the meantime, Liberian Christians are gathering for a time they are calling sackcloth and ashes, asking God to halt the spread of Ebola in their country.
Some 500 church leaders came together in the capital city of Monrovia for three days of fasting and prayer.
Pastor Emery David, with Triumphant Christian Church, told CBN News that Liberian Christians are praying this week, trusting God for a miracle.
"What we want is this Ebola lifted," Pastor David said. "If it is an error, a sin that we have committed, we want God to forgive the church, the government, the nation, and heal the land."