Medical professionals overseeing an Omaha isolation unit say a doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is sick, but is in stable condition.
Dr. Mark Rupp, chief of infectious diseases division at the Nebraska Medical Center, said at a news conference that the isolation unit where Dr. Rick Sacra is being treated was built to treat highly infectious and deadly diseases.
Sacra was wheeled on a gurney off the plane, into an ambulance and into the hospital after he arrived in Nebraska about 6 a.m. Friday.
Sacra is the third American aid worker sickened. The other two were treated at Emory University in Atlanta.
Sacra contracted Ebola at a Liberia hospital, where he was delivering babies. It's unclear how he became infected.
A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha. His ambulance went into a hospital receiving bay and vanished from public view at 6:38 a.m. He will begin treatment in the hospital's 10-bed special isolation unit, the largest of four such units in the U.S.
Sacra, from the Boston area, went to Liberia even after hearing that two American missionaries had become infected. He served with the North Carolina-based charity SIM. Sacra didn't treat Ebola patients but delivered babies, so it's unclear how he got infected.
The president of a missionary group says a third American sickened with the Ebola virus decided to return to Liberia after the other two people became ill.
SIM President Bruce Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that Dr. Rick Sacra returned to Liberia about a month ago after another doctor and a missionary became ill with Ebola. Both survived after treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Johnson says the 51-year-old Sacra lives in the Boston area. He says Sacra wasn't caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies in the SIM hospital's obstetrics unit.
He says it's not known 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.
A missionary group says another American doctor has contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital in Liberia.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Serving In Mission said the unnamed doctor had been treating women in the obstetrics ward of a hospital in the Liberian capital.
The group doesn't know how the doctor contracted Ebola since the ward is separate from the area where Ebola patients are being treated.
Last month two Americans, including one from SIM, were evacuated to the United States for treatment after contracting Ebola in Liberia.
The two received an experimental drug known as ZMapp and recovered from Ebola. The manufacturer says it has run out of supplies of the drug and it will take months to produce more.
More than 1,500 people have died across West Africa from Ebola.