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French Doctor Contracts Ebola in Liberia

Jonathan Paye-Layleh | AP   in 
September 18, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge to send troops and treatment centers, but said much more needs to be done.

“Our American partners realize Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone,” Sirleaf said in a written statement. “We hope this decision by the United States will spur the rest of the international community into action … The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.”

Even as the promises of aid came, the risks of such help were underscored as yet another international health care worker fell ill while trying to help sick patients in Liberia. Doctors Without Borders — also known by its French acronym MSF — said the female French employee would be evacuated to a special treatment center in France after being placed into isolation on Tuesday.

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