Missionary infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - AUGUST 14:  A Liberian health department burial team disinfects their protective clothing after retreiving the body of a woman suspected of dying of the Ebola virus on August 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Teams of undertakers wearing protective clothing are collecting bodies from all over the capital Monrovia, where the spread of the highly contagious Ebola virus has been called catastrophic. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (John Moore, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/04 1:58 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based charity says the missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment.

A statement from SIM on Thursday says Dr. Rick Sacra is being flown to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is expected to arrive on Friday and begin treatment in the hospital's Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.

SIM president Bruce Johnson says Sacra was receiving excellent care from staff at a care center in Liberia, but he says the Nebraska facility provides advanced monitoring equipment and a wider availability of treatment options.

Sacra, a doctor from the Boston area, opted to head to Liberia after hearing that two other missionaries were sick. He was infected by the virus that has killed about 1,900 people.

 

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