US Ebola Patients Out of Hospital But Outbreak Worsens in West Africa

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were released from a hospital in Atlanta.

During a news conference today, Brantly asked that people who prayed for his recovery also pray for “a quick end to this Ebola epidemic” and not forget about those still battling the disease in West Africa.

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Brantly asked that supporters "encourage those in leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end."

In Africa, the outbreak has become dire with more than 1,300 dead and medical centers overrun with patients, according to health officials.

The disease has affected at least 2,473 people and killed 1,350 in four West African countries. In just two days -- Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 -- there were 221 new suspected Ebola cases and 106 deaths, according to the WHO.

Government officials and medical teams have also had to deal with a lack of medical resources and a population that is afraid and ill-informed about how the virus can be spread.

In Liberia, 37 patients fled an isolation center after a mob raided it for supplies, taking blood-stained mattresses, among other things. After the neighborhood was quarantined, clashes between residents and police injured three in the area, authorities said.

Liu said an MSF treatment center in Liberia was built to treat 40 patients but has been overrun with 137 people, who packed the hallways.

"It's absolutely dangerous," Liu told the Associated Press. "With the massive influx of patients that we had over the last few days, we're not able to keep zones of patients anymore. Everybody is mixed."

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