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August 4, 2014

Ebola continues to spread in West Africa

The World Health Organization is reporting 887 deaths from the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. A man with Ebola-like symptoms who had recently been to West Africa went to the emergency room at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Sunday and a nurse who treated Ebola victims will be the second American flown in a specially outfitted plane from Liberia to be treated for the virus. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is expecting her to arrive on Tuesday. Kent Brantly, a doctor on her team is also being treated there. --Thea Breite (14 photos total)

The Liberian daughter of a woman that died of Ebola is in tears as her mother is taken for burial from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia July 2, 2014. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA)

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Kailahun July 20, 2014. (Tommy Trenchard/Reuters) #

A Liberian man holds a Civet being sold on a roadside as bush meat in Lofa County, Liberia 03 July 2014. Bush meat is one of the major carriers of the Ebola virus. The Liberian government and International partners have warned people to not eat bush meat. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

Protective gear including boots, gloves, masks and suits, drying after being used in a treatment room in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia on July 24. (Zoom Dosso/AFP/Getty Images) #

A nurse from Liberia disinfects the waiting area for visitors at the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, July 28, 2014, where US doctor Kent Bradley was quarantined after contracting the Ebola virus. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

A boy walks through an empty class room on July 31, 2014 in Monrovia. Liberia announced on July 30 it was shutting all schools and placing "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave in a bid to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa. (AFP/Getty Images) #

A Liberian nurse is being sprayed with disinfectant after preparing several bodies of victims of Ebola for burial on August 1, 2014. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

People read the comments on current events on a blackboard in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday Aug. 2, 2014, as the deadly Ebola virus claims hundreds of lives in the West Africa region. (Abbas Dulleh/AP) #

Liberian Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyensuah talks with protesters on the importance of burying Ebola victims in Johnsonville outside Monrovia, Liberia August 2, 2014. The military police were called in to control youths from the Johnsonville community who staged a protest against the government's decision to bury Ebola victims in Johnsonville. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

Liberian children wash hands before entering a church service to pray for the end of Ebola at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia, August 3, 2014.(Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

Liberian Christians hold holy communion in gloves to avoid contact with the deadly Ebola virus during a service at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia August 3, 2014. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #

Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease. (Sunday Alamba/AP) #

People queue outside a bank as fear spreads that some buildings dealing with the public might be closed due to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP) #

Liberian members of the Women of Peace Building Network in Monrovia, Liberia, August 4, 2014 as they observe two weeks of fasting and praying for God's intervention in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus. According to statistics from the United Nations, 887 people have died from the Ebola outbreak, making it the worst ever in history. The Liberian government has ordered that the bodies of people killed by the Ebola virus must be cremated following strong reactions from communities objecting against the burial of Ebola victims in their areas. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA) #