WHEN Dr Kent Brantly moved his family to Liberia in October 2013 for a two-year stint as a medical missionary, Ebola was not on his mind.

Now the American doctor’s name is inextricably linked with the worst Ebola virus disease outbreak in history — as well as hopes that blood products from survivors might help fight it.

“In March, when we got word that Ebola was in Guinea and had spread to Liberia, we began preparing for the worst,” Dr Brantly, who had been medical director of the ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, told a news conference.

“During the course of June and July, the