Son: Mother's Ebola should spark push for cure

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Nancy Writebol certainly wasn't planning for her 15 years of mission work to result in contracting the Ebola virus.

But now that she has, her son says he wants the attention on the case to spur development of a cure.

Writebol is one of two members of the same hospital mission team who contracted Ebola in Liberia after treating patients suffering from the dangerous virus. Dr. Kent Brantly is the other.

Writebol's home congregation is Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brantly is with the international relief group Samritan's Purse with headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.

Brantly arrived at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital for treatment Saturday.

A Liberian government official says a medical evacuation team will transport Writebol from West Africa to the Georgia hospital on Tuesday.

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the worst record outbreak of Ebola has reached 887. That's an increase of 158 since the global health body released figures on July 31.

WHO said in a statement on Monday that there now have been more than 1,600 cases of Ebola since the disease emerged in Guinea earlier this year.

The news comes as Nigeria announced Monday that it now had confirmed a second case in Africa's most populous nation. The patient is a doctor who treated the man who died in Nigeria last month.

According to WHO, there now have been a total of 358 deaths in Guinea, 255 deaths in Liberia, 273 deaths in Sierra Leone and one in Nigeria.

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