Due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus, the Peace Corps have decided to temporarily evacuate volunteers in countries that are hardest hit. Public officials also announced that two volunteers are in isolation. According to the group, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol (missionary) are in “serious condition,” but are showing signs of improvement in the last 24 hours in Libya.
This information has become available hours after a U.S. aid group in West Africa announced that volunteers were being evacuated.
There are approximately 102 volunteers in Guinea, which work in agriculture, including health and education. Included is Sierra Leone which has 130 volunteer workers in education, which is funded by the U.S. government.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 249 people are currently infected and another 129 have died.
Samaritan’s Purse stated earlier, “We ask that people continue to pray for Kent and Nancy and all those who are affected by Ebola, and the tremendous group of doctors and nurses who are caring for them.
It’s still undetermined if health care workers will be evacuated by Samaritan’s Purse.
Experts are saying with more than 1200 people currently infected with the virus in Libya, Sierra Leone and Guinea, that this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. According to WHO, at least 672 have died.
“I think the reality is there aren't enough personnel and resources," he said. "I think the key things that are really needed are health care personnel and others who can help in the situation, such as epidemiologists.”
According to WHO, more than 100 health care workers from various volunteer organizations have contracted Ebola, and at least 50 in West Africa have died.
A spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders confirmed to ABC News that the group has no plans to pull their estimated 300 medical workers out of West Africa.
Source: ABC News