The hospital in Houston where a patient with Ebola was treated was on the verge of sending a doctor home to Liberia, sources told ESPN.
The hospital, the nation’s largest, has a population of more than 100,000, but only six doctors have been in Liberia since the beginning of the year, and the rest have been sent home, sources said.
A hospital spokesperson said the decision was not made on Monday but the decision had been made after the patient had been released from the hospital on Thursday.
The hospital said it was awaiting further updates.
The health department issued a memo on Friday to hospitals, doctors and health care workers in the U.S. urging them to work together to reduce infections and deaths.
It said hospitals should consider the possibility of sending their own doctors home to assist those already sick, and said health care facilities and workers should cooperate to ensure the virus is contained and that all workers have the same health and safety protections as others.
The memo came as the World Health Organization urged the U,S.
and other countries to reduce the number of people living in areas with high transmission rates, including those in West Africa.