One of the main groups fighting the Ebola crisis in West Africa is looking for help.
“Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is actively looking for medical personnel who can assist us with the Ebola crisis in West Africa,” the group says in a statement. “We are looking for physicians and nurses who would be able to work in our health structures, and for water and sanitation experts with experience working in health facilities and with isolation wards and infection control.”
Ebola has killed 1,400 people out of 2,600 infected in the current outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It’s the worst outbreak of the virus ever seen, and is not anywhere near to being controlled, the World Health Organization says. Health personnel are in the worst danger, as they are in the closest contact with patients. It’s risky work, and MSF says it wants professionals who are used to working with highly contagious diseases. Apply here.
Separately, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden said he'd visit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone next week to see the outbreak first hand. CDC has sent nearly 70 scientists and staff to help organize the response to the outbreak.
First published August 22 2014, 2:35 PM
Maggie Fox is senior health writer for NBCNews.com and TODAY.com, writing top news on health policy, medical treatments and disease.
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