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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:54 pm 
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Media reports cite an Ebola confirmed American SIM doctor in Monrovia.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:54 pm 
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Another American doctor working for the missionary group SIM has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia.

The doctor was treating pregnant women ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, according to SIM. But he was not treating Ebola patients in the hospital’s separate Ebola isolation facility, the group said, adding that it was unclear how he contracted the virus.

“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,” SIM president Bruce Johnson said in a statement.

The doctor "immediately isolated himself" and has since been transferred to the ELWA Ebola ward where he is "doing well and is in good spirits," according to SIM.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:58 pm 
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SIM USA reported today that one of its missionary doctors in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus.The American doctor was treating obstetrics patients at SIM's ELWA hospital in Monrovia. Upon onset of the symptoms, the doctor immediately isolated himself and has since been transferred to the ELWA Ebola isolation unit. The doctor is doing well and is in good spirits.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:09 pm 
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Group says world is losing battle against Ebola
The Associated Press - By ALEXANDRA OLSON
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Health workers spray the body of an amputee suspected of dying from the Ebola virus with disinfectant, in a busy street in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people, and authorities have cordoned off entire towns in an effort to halt the virus' spread. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone" as authorities race to contain the disease.

In Liberia, a missionary organization announced that another American doctor has become infected.

Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu said her organization is completely overwhelmed by Ebola outbreak in four West African countries. She said treatment centers can offer little more than palliative care and called on other countries to contribute civilian and military medical personnel familiar with biological disasters.

World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan warned that the outbreak would "get worse before it will get better" and would require a larger global response. She thanked countries that have helped but said: "We need more from you. And we also need those countries that have not come on board."

The latest missionary to come down with the disease, a male obstetrician, was not immediately identified by the group Serving In Mission. He did not work in an Ebola ward. The group did not specify how he contracted Ebola, but it can be spread through vaginal fluids.

Bruce Johnson, the group's president, said the organization was "surrounding our missionary with prayer" and Liberian colleagues who continue fighting the epidemic.

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. The manufacturer says it has run out of supplies of the drug and it will take months to produce more.

David Nabarro, who is coordinating the U.N. response, said the world body is "bringing in outside health workers as much as we can."


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:23 pm 
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Massachusetts doctor contracts Ebola in West Africa
Dr. Rick Sacra was treating pregnant women in Liberia

UPDATED 12:06 PM EDT Sep 03, 2014
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HOLDEN, Mass. —A Massachusetts doctor has been identified as the latest American doctor to contract Ebola in Liberia.

Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, of Holden, works with the North Carolina-based missionary group SIM and was treating pregnant women and not Ebola patients, so it's unclear how the infection occurred.

Sacra, who went to Wayland High School, is in an isolation unit and said to be doing well.

"My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. "As a global mission, we are surrounding our missionary with prayer, as well as our Liberian SIM/ELWA colleagues, who continue fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia."

Nancy Writebol, who is also a SIM missionary, was flown to the United States from Liberia and kept in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after she contracted Ebola.

She was released Aug. 19 and has been spending time with her husband at an undisclosed location. Her husband was quarantined for a week at the SIM campus before being released.

The Centers for Disease Control says the number of Ebola cases in western Africa is exploding faster than anyone expected.

The virus that has killed more than 1,500 people is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids, not through casual contact.



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:23 pm 
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Third Ebola-Infected American Is Named Dr. Rick Sacra
BY MAGGIE FOX
A third American infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia is Dr. Rick Sacra, a 51-year-old family physician from Massachusetts, his employer SIM USA said Wednesday.

Sacra is an old hand in Liberia, and a good friend of both the previous patients —Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly.

They both heard the news Tuesday. “My heart sank,” Writebol said. “I just I didn’t have any other words but ‘oh, no’.” She immediately volunteered to head back over to help take care of him, but she isn’t quite well enough yet to do that.

“They are part of the family,” Writebol said, holding tightly to her husband David’s hand as she spoke. “To hear the news is very sad, (knowing) the whole cycle of the progression of the disease and how that story might end.”

Sacra was not treating Ebola patient, but pregnant women, SIM said. The charity said they had not discussed possible treatment for Sacra at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, as Writebol and Brantly did.

WHDH spoke by phone to Dr. Sacra's brother, Doug, who confirmed the diagnosis and said "my brother is the perfect example of Christian Self Sacrifice."

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The logical conclusion is that one of the pregnant women must have been infected?


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The logical conclusion is that one of the pregnant women must have been infected?

Not at all. There are many non-pregnant people in Monrovia who are infected with Ebola, including HCWs.

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niman wrote:
morning wrote:
The logical conclusion is that one of the pregnant women must have been infected?

Not at all. There are many non-pregnant people in Monrovia who are infected with Ebola, including HCWs.


But of whom the doctor would stay clear had they been symptomatic.


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morning wrote:
niman wrote:
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The logical conclusion is that one of the pregnant women must have been infected?

Not at all. There are many non-pregnant people in Monrovia who are infected with Ebola, including HCWs.


But of whom the doctor would stay clear had they been symptomatic.

Most HCWs are infected by other HCWs, including the two earlier SIM American cases.

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