A third American has been diagnosed with Ebola while working at a hospital in Liberia.
Dr. Rick Sacra is serving as a missionary doctor with the North Carolina-based group SIM.
He offered to go after two other workers were diagnosed with Ebola.
“Rick travels back and forth to Liberia and he volunteered just a month ago when Dr. Brantly and Nancy were, tested positive to Ebola. Rick called and said, ‘I’m ready to go,” said Bruce Johnson, SIM USA president.
He was treating pregnant women at the organization’s hospital in Monrovia and did not knowingly care for anyone with Ebola.
“We have no confirmation at this time about the exact content, contact point that Dr. Sacra had with Ebola or contracted it. They check patients at our hospital before admittance for Ebola symptoms. And there is a strong possibility that the Ebola symptoms were not, were masked and not presenting themselves with a particular patient,” said Johnson.
The 51-year-old from Boston realized his temperature was rising on Friday.
An Ebola test administered on Monday came back positive.
He’s said to be in good spirits and is communicating with his family via a cell phone and email.
The group’s president says there are currently no communications with Emory Hospital, which treated two other missionaries when they contracted the virus.
“Each patient is very different. In the case of Kent and Nancy, how they handled Ebola was very different. And it’s that kind of disease. It’s very unpredictable and, as I’ve been told, one day does not indicate the next day,” said Johnson.
“Right now, we’re exploring all opportunities and options. But right now our focus is the care of Rick right there in Liberia,” he added.