Officials identify NC missionary being monitored with ‘some risk’ of Ebola

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Dr. John Fankhauser

Dr. John Fankhauser

CHARLOTTE — A missionary who has “some risk” for Ebola and is being monitored for the deadly virus in Charlotte has been identified, according to WSOC.

Officials say Dr. John Fankhauser, a California doctor and SIM missionary, recently left Liberia, a West African country affected by the Ebola outbreak.

Health officials provided an update on the situation Monday morning, saying Fankhauser was healthy and showing no signs of Ebola.

Fankhauser has been classified at “some risk” under the categories outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. This means he had close contact in households, health care facilities or community settings with a person with Ebola while the person was infectious and may need to be quarantined.

The missionary arrived through private ground transport and will be monitored for 21 days, according to state and CDC guidelines.

The department also said the risk to the community is “very low.”

Source: WSOC

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