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American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 27, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.

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In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia.

BOONE, N.C. — A spokeswoman for an aid organization says an American doctor is receiving intensive medical treatment in Africa after he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Melissa Strickland is a spokeswoman for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse. She said Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was in stable condition, talking with his doctors and working on his computer while receiving care.

She cautions that Brantly is "not out of the woods yet." She says patients have a better chance of survival if they receive treatment immediately after being infected, which Brantly did.

The highly contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world.

Brantly has been working with Samaritan's Purse in Liberia since October 2013 as part of the group's post-residency program for doctors. He is 33 years old.

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