A Texas doctor who had moved to Liberia to work for a medical charity has been infected with the deadly virus ebola.

Dr Kent Brantly, who moved to the country before the outbreak, is now being treated for the disease at a Liberia hospital as news that one of the West African nation’s most respected physicians has died from the virus.

A government official confirmed that Dr Samuel Brisbane, chief medical doctor at the country’s largest hospital, passed away Saturday in the largest outbreak of ebola.

Ebola, one of the world’s deadliest viruses, has been spreading through West Africa, with the latest case being confirmed in Nigeria after an infected businessman traveled there by plane.

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