Second American Aid Worker Tests Positive For Ebola In Liberia
A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola virus, a relief group reports.
Nancy Writebol, an aid worker with the group Serving in Mission (SIM) is in stable yet serious condition, vice president of Samaritan's Purse Ken Isaacs told The Associated Press on Sunday.
"She is showing full symptoms of the disease," Isaacs said.
Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, was diagnosed with Ebola last week. Brantly says he will have “no regrets” after he has helped to battle the deadliest outbreak of the deadly disease in history, his friends told the Daily Mail.
Brantly is in stable and very serious condition.
"We are hopeful and prayerful," Isaacs told AP
Nearly 700 have died from the virus in South Africa. Two high profile researchers from Sierra Leonne and Liberia were also infected. Liberia’s Dr. Samuel Brisbane died on Sunday, the World Health Organization reports.
SIM runs a hospital, where Samaritan's Purse has an Ebola care center on the grounds. Writebol had been working as a hygienist there – decontaminating people who enter and exit the Ebola care area.
"It's been a shock to everyone on our team to have two of our players get pounded with the disease," said Isaacs. "Our team is frankly getting tired."
Both Writebol and Brantly are isolated and undergoing intensive care.
"The caliber of a person like that who says, 'I'm going Africa, I'm going to where people need me the most,' it really speaks to you," Robert Earley, president and CEO of JPS Health Network, told Fox News. "It speaks to your heart."
"These are real heroes — people who do things quietly behind the scenes, people with a very strong vocation and very strong faith," said John Munro, the pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which sponsors Writebol’s work.
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa, AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse