Husband of woman infected with Ebola arrived in Charlotte Sunday
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.