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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Several Washington University doctors working in parts of West Africa where the deadly Ebola virus is raging have abandoned their research.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ZUzL2A ) reports that those university doctors are finding alternative ways to help.

Dr. Gary Weil, an infectious disease specialist, is part of a team researching the most efficient way of treating diseases spread by flies and mosquitoes. With that research on hold, a number of Weil’s West African colleagues have changed course and are now working to contain the Ebola outbreak.

So far, Weil and others at Washington University were able to send $5,000 worth of gloves, gowns, masks, goggles and no-touch thermometers to Liberia, courtesy of the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital.