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Boston doctor headed to Ebola-infected area

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BOSTON (WHDH) - As fears grow about the Ebola virus spreading outside of Africa, one Boston doctor is going straight to the source of the outbreak.

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia of Boston Medical Center is just two weeks away from a potentially dangerous trip to the center of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

"I cant deny that there isn't fear... but the fear is less than my resolve to go," Bhadelia said.

The Boston Medical Center specialist will be among the two dozen local doctors traveling to the affected region. The Ebola virus has already claimed at least 720 lives, 50 of those health care workers. Countless others in Africa are now fighting to survive. Doctors are saying that the epidemic is at a critical stage.

"It is a very serious condition. And it is currently out of control in Africa, with a high risk of spreading further in Africa," said one expert.

Two American doctors working near the outbreak have already been infected with Ebola. Dr. Kent Brantly is now receiving treatment in Atlanta. Nancy Writebol is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. later this week.

Meanwhile, there's fear the virus will continue to spread outside of Africa.

"It's not that Ebola is terribly contagious. It's just the risk is high," Bhadelia said. "My parents are scared but they know this is something I have wanted to do since as long as I can remember."

The hope is now doctors like Bhadelia can help find a cure.

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