Plane lands in Liberia for 2nd American with Ebola

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- 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.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The Liberia airport authority says a chartered evacuation plane that will take home the second American sick with Ebola has landed at the airport in the capital.

Binyah Kesselly, the chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority's board of directors, told The Associated Press that the plane arrived late Monday afternoon in Monrovia.

It is scheduled to take off early Tuesday with American missionary Nancy Writebol aboard. Writebol, a long-time missionary from North Carolina, will be treated at the same Atlanta hospital where an American doctor has been taken.

Writebol's son, Jeremy, said his mother "is still struggling" but that "there seems to be improvement" and that the family is optimistic she will recover amid a spreading Ebola outbreak.

Ebola has killed at least 887 people in four West African countries.


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