Mass. group joining fight against Ebola

Team from Management Sciences for Health is working with Liberia's government

A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts-based nonprofit health organization is doing its part to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by sending a team of experts to work with Liberian health officials.

A team from Management Sciences for Health in Medford arrived in Liberia earlier this week to work with the Liberian government and other community leaders to identify gaps and unmet needs.

Organization President Dr. Jonathan Quick said Thursday the priorities are to “stop a health system collapse in Liberia, to prevent the epidemic from spreading to nearby nations, and to restore Liberians’ trust in their health system.”

The organization says Ebola cases are doubling every two weeks in Liberia. The disease with a mortality rate of about 50 percent has killed at least 3,800 people in West Africa with no signs of abating.

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