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Kent Brantly: I thank God for His mercy

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U.S. authorities eased safety restrictions Friday on a separate drug out of Canada. That drug has been on hold after potentially dangerous side effects emerged in test subjects. It’s still not clear when the drug will be available, and using unproven drugs has world leaders worried. “We need to ask the medical ethicists to give us guidance on what the responsible thing to do is,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general at the WHO.

Meanwhile, in Liberia and Sierra Leone, governments are using the military to enforce quarantines. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned civil liberties could be suspended as the situation worsens. Fearful citizens are leaving bodies on Monrovia’s streets. Relatives are hiding patients at home for fear that if they are brought to isolation centers and don't have Ebola, they will catch it.

Isaacs said his organization will continue to work “hand-in-glove” with doctors and governments. But the world missed its chance to provide infrastructure several months ago and help West Africa treat the disease itself, he said. Containment, now, must be the first priority. 

“And the truth is,” he said, “the cat is probably already out of the bag.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Branch
Andrew Branch

Andrew is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, N.C. He was homeschooled for 12 years and recently graduated from N.C. State University. He writes about sports and poverty for WORLD. Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewABranch.

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