Monrovia, Liberia (4E) – Another American doctor from the missionary group Serving in Mission (SIM) USA is infected with the Ebola virus and is recuperating at an isolation ward of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
The doctor, who was not named, was treating pregnant women and not Ebola patients at the ELWA when he developed symptoms of the deadly hemorrhagic disease and isolated himself, SIM president Bruce Johnson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Johnson said the doctor is doing well and is in good spirits.
The doctor is the second missionary from SIM and the third American doctor to be infected with Ebola. The first SIM missionary to be infected was Nancy Writebol in July. Writebol, who treated Ebola patients at the ELWA, survived after getting a dose of an experimental Ebola drug called ZMapp and being flown to the U.S. for better care. She was discharged on Aug. 19.
Dr. Kent Brantley is a Samaritan’s Purse volunteer who also treated Ebola patients at ELWA. He contracted the disease around the same time as Writebol. He was the first to be administered the ZMapp and flown to a Georgia hospital, where he eventually recovered and sent home on Aug. 21.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned Tuesday that the world’s first Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control.
“It’s bad now. It’s going to get worse in the near future,” Frieden said in CBS This Morning on Tuesday. “There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”
Frieden made the statement after flying to West Africa and inspecting the condition of the patients there. He said countries where the Ebola outbreak is spreading should be supported with resources, technical experts and cooperation instead of sealing them off as what is happening.
He warned that sealing off countries will reduce safety everywhere else.
“It is in our interest to tamp it down and control it,” Frieden said.
Ebola has infected more than 3,000 people and killed more than 1,500 in the current outbreak, the largest in history. Of the infected, 240 are health workers with half of them succumbing to the disease.