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Kentucky tobacco plants used in treating Ebola patients

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Kentucky tobacco plants are being used to treat two Americans infected with Ebola.

This development happens as fear grows around the globe concerning the health threat.

The United Nations World Health Organization says it will hold a series of meetings to determine if the outbreak is an international public health emergency.

Overrun healthcare systems in West Africa are trying to keep up.

But after dozens of health workers have died, some centers are shutting down too afraid of contracting the disease.

Concerns about the possibility of the virus spreading have officials at an international airport in Nigeria increasing security screening measures.

"If there is any suspicious passenger, the passenger goes to this holding area," Yakubu Datti, a spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

Doctors don't know yet if the drug is working. Officials say both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are showing signs of improvement.

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