Third U.S. Worker Diagnosed With Ebola Virus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 3, 2014) A third U.S. aid worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus decided to return to Liberia after the other two American workers became ill, the head of a missionary group said Wednesday.

Dr. Rick Sacra returned to Liberia about a month ago after another doctor and a missionary became ill with Ebola, SIM President Bruce Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday.

The other two workers survived after treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Johnson says Sacra, 51, lives in the Boston area.

Sacra wasn't caring for Ebola patients, but was delivering babies in the SIM hospital's obstetrics unit, Johnson said.

He says it's not clear whether Sacra will return to the U.S. for treatment.

The missionary who survived Ebola, Nancy Writebol, said at the news conference that she believes an experimental drug, her medical care and her faith helped save her.


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