TIME names Ebola fighters as its Person of the Year

The 'Ebola fighters' are Time magazine's 2014 Person of the Year.
The 'Ebola fighters' are Time magazine's 2014 Person of the Year. .

TORONTO – The ‘Ebola fighters’ are Time magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year.

Managing editor Nancy Gibbs made the announcement early Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show.

“This was the worst [Ebola] outbreak in history, and while officials were in denial and very slow to respond, these men and women did the hard and dangerous work,” Gibbs said. “It is [an] exceptionally great amount of courage and kindness and bravery.”

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Dr. Kent Brantly, the U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola and was treated with an untested drug partly developed in Canada, said it was an honour to be recognized.

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“It’s an incredible honour to be a part of the group recognized as the person of the year,” Brantly said. “I think it’s fitting that we acknowledge most Ebola fighters and certainly those who paid the highest price for their service are themselves West Africans.”

Ebola has sickened more than 17,500 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Of those, about 6,200 have died. The disease is currently spreading fastest in Sierra Leone.

with a file from The Associated Press