3rd American with Ebola ID'd

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 the experimental drug ZMapp, her medical care and her faith helped save her.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding a $25 million contract to San Diego-based Mapp to continue to develop its experimental Ebola serum ZMapp.

The 18-month contract was awarded via the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response (ASPR). It can be extended to a total of $42.3 million.

DHHS said in a news release that the development “will be accelerated.”

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