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Originally published: 2014-06-27 11:55:12
Last modified: 2014-06-27 11:55:55

Samaritan's Purse intensifies medical effort in response to Ebola outbreak

The highly contagious Ebola virus has re-emerged in West Africa, bringing the death toll from the deadly disease to 340 and climbing. 

The disease causes massive internal bleeding and has a mortality rate of at least 80 percent in most situations. 

In response to this resurgence, Samaritan's Purse is ramping up its emergency response by deploying a team of medical personnel to provide direct clinical care to those infected with the disease.

"This is one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and it must be contained as quickly as possible," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, which is based in Boone. "We're sending a team of highly skilled doctors and nurses, and we want to do all we can to help bring this outbreak under control."

Samaritan's Purse has been responding to the Ebola crisis in Liberia since March, spearheading a national awareness campaign that has reached thousands of people with prevention education, according to a Samaritan's Purse spokesman. 

In addition, the organization has provided more than 300,000 people with hygiene items to combat the spread of the disease.

The organization will work in cooperation with Liberia's Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide life-saving care for patients in multiple locations -- ELWA Hospital in Monrovia and clinics in remote areas along the border with Guinea. 

Samaritan's Purse has aircraft stationed in the country that will support this emergency effort and has shipped medical equipment and supplies to Liberia, including protective clothing and lactated ringers solution, the spokesman said.

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations -- especially in locations where few others are working, according to the spokesman.

Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.
 For more information, visit samaritanspurse.org.