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Health experts say a shortage of doctors available to treat patients has made the Ebola outbreak hard to combat. (Source: CNN) Health experts say a shortage of doctors available to treat patients has made the Ebola outbreak hard to combat. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - One Centers for Disease Control staffer was recently flown home to the United States after coming in close proximity with an infected worker fighting Ebola.

The good news is that the staffer is reportedly healthy and not showing signs of Ebola and the CDC says the person will be monitored for 21 days to make sure there are no symptoms. The unidentified staffer had to be flown home on a private plane after spending time with another health care worker who did test positive.

The CDC says the worker was simply rotating back to the U.S. and it is CDC policy for someone exposed to the virus to travel on a private plane in the three weeks after exposure to try to reduce the risk of spreading it.

The other healthcare worker who tested positive was flown to Germany to recover.

The situation is so bad in West Africa that health officials have put up quarantines in some of the poorest areas of Monrovia, Liberia.

“No one has ever seen an outbreak of Ebola like this. The world cannot isolate Liberia and West Africa. That won't help and it will make it harder to stop the outbreak and ultimately will increase the risk in other places,” said CDC Director (Dr. Tom Frieden.

One reason health experts believe the disease is so hard to combat is because of the shortage of doctors available to treat these patients. The World Health Organization estimates there are only one or two doctors per 100,000 people in the three hardest hit countries.

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