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Husband of woman infected with Ebola arrived in Charlotte Sunday

Two Americans, including a female missionary from Charlotte-based SIM, continue their battle to fight off the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia on July 29, 2014. Dr. Kent Brantly (not shown) and Nancy Writebol (right) are serving on a joint team of people with Samaritan's Purse and SIM. Both faith-based organizations are calling for an international response to the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and neighboring countries.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The husband of the woman infected by the Ebola virus arrived in Charlotte Sunday evening, along with two other missionaries, according to a SIM press release.

David Writebol is the husband of Nancy, who is being treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The other two missionaries are SIM doctors who have been treating Ebola patients at medical facilities in Monrovia, Liberia.

Their names are being withheld at this time to protect their privacy and that of their families.

“We are excited to have these three missionaries safely back in the U.S.,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “They are all healthy and in good spirits, and we want to express our gratitude to all those involved in the effort to bring them back, and for the prayers of countless people around the world.”

All three SIM missionaries are healthy and showing no signs or symptoms of Ebola infection. Each was checked and cleared medically before boarding the flight from Liberia to the US.

Ebola is not contagious unless a person is presenting symptoms.

The missionaries will remain under a 21-day quarantine that began in Liberia, the continuation of which is being required by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Dr. Stephen Keener, Mecklenburg County medical director, said the quarantine is a preventative measure, and at this time public health officials feel there is no cause for concern.

“Quarantine is a public health measure to protect the public that requires healthy people who were exposed to a disease to be prevented from contact with others until it is certain that they are not infected,” Keener said in a press release.

The 21-day period is based on the longest duration of incubation, which is the delay between exposure and onset of illness for Ebola infection. The average incubation period is 8-10 days, while the range is two-21 days.

The three missionaries will be staying in a private section of SIM USA’s 90-acre campus in Charlotte until they have been released from quarantine.

After the 21-day quarantine period, Writebol plans to visit his wife Nancy in Atlanta.

3 comments

  • Helium

    Who freakin cares!!!! Enough about this Ebola stuff….never before have I seen so much publicity about two people who are infected and to make matters worse – BRING THEM TO THE US TO POSSIBLY INFECT OTHERS!

  • Toto

    Do people still care about this and hearing about it every minute of the day? Like it matters what the family now does? haha

  • Bob

    The bible speaks of major epidemic so they bring them back to U.S. For treatment and these people clearly understood the dangers of this they got what they deserved even when your trying to help people when you play with fire you get burned!

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