Photos: The American Fight Against Ebola

Health professionals, government officials, and ordinary citizens have sprung into action to battle the deadly disease.

Ever since Dr. Kent Brantly caught Ebola in Liberia, and was later flown to Atlanta to be treated, the deadly disease has become more than an abstract concept for Americans. Since the first U.S. Ebola case was diagnosed in the United States at the end of September, state, local and federal officials have had to work to prove that the United States is capable of proactively preventing an epidemic. 

Missionary released from hospital
Missionary released from hospital

Nancy Writebol, the SIM USA missionary who recovered from Ebola Virus Disease contracted in Liberia looks at her husband David as he speaks a news conference at the SIM USA headquarters on September 3, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Writebol and another patient Dr. Brantly, were released from Emory Hospital after receiving treatment for Ebola that they both contracted while working as medical missionaries in Liberia.

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Another survivor
Another survivor

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (C) and Healey International Relief Foundation Program Manager Ishmael Charles of Freetown, Sierra Leone, testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on 'Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat' September 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brantly contracted Ebola while working as the medical director for Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia. He was also the first person to be treated with the experimental drug ZMapp nine days after falling ill.

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Congress takes note
Congress takes note

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks as Assistant Administrator of Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance of U.S. Agency for International Development Nancy Lindborg, and Director of National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Beth Bell listen during a hearing before the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on 'Global Efforts to Fight Ebola' September 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing on 'Global Efforts to Fight Ebola.'

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Global attention rises
Global attention rises

Jackson K.P. Niamah, a physician's assistant with Medecins Sans Frontieres, speaks to the United Nations Security Council via a video conference call from Monrovia, Liberia, during a meeting on the Ebola outbreak in west Africa on September 18, 2014 in New York City. The death toll caused by ebola has surpassed 2,600 people.

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Presidential focus
Presidential focus

U.S. President Barack Obama gives remarks at a special high-level meeting regarding the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa during the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014 in New York City. The UN General Assembly brings together political leaders from around the world to report on issues and discuss solutions.

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Prayer for cure
Prayer for cure

Cora Morris (left) and Qoi Morris pray during a service at New Life Fellowship Church, a house of worship with a high percentage of Liberian immigrants, on October 5, 2014 in Euless, Texas.

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 Containment efforts
Containment efforts

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden addresses the media on the Ebola case in the U.S. at the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center on October 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient.

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 Close to home
Close to home

Parishioners at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, pray for Louise Troh, a member of the church who lived with the first person to be diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan.

 

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United Assistance
United Assistance

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 26, 2014. The aircraft was scheduled to fly to Monrovia, Liberia, carrying a modular medical treatment center and supplies in support of Operation United Assistance. United Assistance is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government's efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations.

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Unwelcome sight
Unwelcome sight

On October 5, 2014, members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat company sanitize the Ivy Apartments in Dallas, Texas, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, stayed upon his arrival from Africa.

 

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Nurse recovers
Nurse recovers

President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who was infected with Ebola while caring for a patient in the city, will be released from a government hospital after clearing the virus from her body.

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