Many people in Jack County have been closely following the condition of Dr. Kent Brantly, Fort Worth doctor stricken with the Ebola virus disease, because of ties to the community and want to know how they can help.

Brantly's second cousin, Mitzi Campsey said right now, the best thing is prayer.

It was first reported that Brantly contracted the disease Saturday, July 26 while serving in Libera for Samaritans Purse to provide medical care during the African Ebola crisis.

Campsey said the best way to get the fastest updates on the doctor and missionary Nancy Writebol is to visit the organization's website at samaritanspurse.org.

According to the website, Brantly was serving in the Samaritans Purse post-residency program before joining the team responding to the outbreak.

As of Friday, it was reported that Brantly and Writebol would be evacuated from Liberia and treated in the US early next week.

“We just want everybody to pray that he pulls through this and that everybody glorify God because that's why he's over there is as a medical missonary,” Campsey said.

World Health Organization data shows that the outbreak began in Guinea in March with 49 cases and 29 deaths by March 22. It spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone with a total of 1,323 confirmed, probable and suspected cases and 729 deaths.

Liberia has been hit the hardest with 329 cases.

The Ebola virus disease is an illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.

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This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding, according to WHO.

Outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. But of the confirmed cases thus far in this outbreak, the fatality rate is currently at 53 percent.