An American who was working in Liberia to combat a deadly Ebola outbreak has tested positive for the virus, officials with a Christian charity said Sunday.
Last week, a 33-year-old Texas physician who served as medical director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia also tested positive for the virus.
The Ebola outbreak has devastated West Africa in recent months, killing 672 people since March, according to the World Health Organization. That toll is more than double the number of people killed in the 1976 Congo outbreak, long considered the deadliest in history.
There is no known cure for the virus, and the WHO has reported more than 60 outbreak sites in the country this year.
Ebola, the WHO says, is an "acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding."