Midwest woman trying escape West Africa in midst of Ebola outbreak

CREATED Aug 3, 2014

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MONROVIA -- A woman from MInnesota fears she may not be able to leave Liberia, an area that is facing a serious outbreak of the Ebola Virus. 

Amy Bruins is working in Liberia through a USAID funded program as a Health Program Officer. She said that being able to get home is a difficult process.

"It's hard leaving because the ability to leave is only in the hands of a few who have the economic means and resources," she said. "So, leaving behind my local staff is gut-wrenching."

Besides leaving her staff, Bruins said airports throughout West Africa make it even more difficult to get out of the continent by plane. 

"There's a lot of concern about flights shutting down...," she said. "My bigger concern is getting stuck here in a ghost town."

Bruins said while many organizations are pulling staff out of West Africa, many American aid workers are choosing to stay put. As for Bruins herself, she's still trying to leave but said she isn't worried about getting the virus. 

"My personal fear for contracting it isn't very high," she said. "I'm just very careful about not touching people and not shaking hands."

The current Ebola outbreak has killed more than 700 people in West Africa so far.