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Husband of Nancy Writebol among 3 quarantined in Charlotte

Posted August 11
Updated August 12

— Three missionaries  who worked with patients infected with the a virus in Liberia have returned to the United States. Among them is the husband of Nancy Writebol, who was airlifted last week from Liberia to Atlanta for Ebola treatment. 

The group they were working for, Charlotte-based SIM USA, said Monday that all three were healthy and showed no signs of infection. However, they are being held in quarantine at least three weeks dating from the time the missionaries were last exposed to people infected with the virus.

David Writebol is one of the missionaries who returned by private charter plane late Sunday night. His wife, Nancy, remains in isolation in an Atlanta hospital after she was returned to the United States for treatment last week.

Writebol and her husband, David, had been in Liberia since last August, sent there by SIM USA and sponsored by their home congregation at Calvary Church in Charlotte. At the clinic, Nancy Writebol's duties included disinfecting staff entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area.

The missionaries will be staying in a private section of SIM USA's 90-acre headquarters.

Dr. Megan Davies, the state's epidemiologist with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, said the missionaries will check in twice a day, updating health officials with such information as their temperature, or if they have headaches or abdominal pains.

Such quarantines are not unusual, Davies said.

The virus is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a sick person. Ebola can't be spread like flu through casual contact or breathing the same air as someone who is infected.

"We are excited to have these three missionaries safely back in the U.S.," SIM President Bruce Johnson said. "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."

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 13, 10:27 a.m.

    Why don't we export our secret drug to Africa, so those we can save hundreds of people, not just... View More

    — Posted by JustOneGodLessThanU

    There are only a handful of aliquots available and it has not been seriously tested, it's... View More

    — Posted by OldMerc

    Yes, we know. So, why are they giving it out all? That's the point. What's the difference between the people they are giving it to and those they are not?...besides skin color and net worth?

  • Aug 12, 1:50 p.m.

    Quarantine Charlotte! Block all entries and exits! Shut down the airports and the buses and the trains! Test everyone inside the hot zone for ebola, drug use, sexual preferences and correct religious beliefs! It's got to start NOW!

  • Anita Woody Aug 12, 11:06 a.m.

    I don't understand why they bring them here why couldn't they bring the proper medical supplies... View More

    — Posted by nefertitimurphy

    Good grief.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Aug 12, 10:24 a.m.

    Shhh, Ebola, it's a secret.

  • nefertitimurphy Aug 12, 10:23 a.m.

    I don't understand why they bring them here why couldn't they bring the proper medical supplies to them what if they think they are better and one day become sick we are screwed this diseaese doesn't have a cure and is killing rapidly goodbye america the disease is already here and waiting to infect

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 11, 7:11 p.m.

    I'm sorry for the sick and their families and YES they are Americans..... but they should have... View More

    — Posted by feistyredhead2001

    If you're such a believer in prayer, than what do you have to fear? It will be okay. Life will... View More

    — Posted by Anita Woody

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    I wholeheartedly believe in prayer, but I also believe God expects us to use the common sense... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    Horsefeathers. They are US citizens and they should be treated here at home. The far right is... View More

    — Posted by Anita Woody

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    Again, EBOLA HAS NO CURE, and currently, there is less than a 10% survival rate.

    Even with those two facts alone (and I assure you, there are many more), comparing it to the flu, even a flu pandemic, is absurd and foolhardy.

    These people knew the risks they were taking going over there to help, and I'm not saying they should be condemned and not treated for taking that risk, I'm saying they should be treated right where they caught it and not shipped all over the planet, exposing others unwilling to the risk they took on for themselves - and for themselves alone.

    And frankly, I'm surprised, with all their supposed altruistic motives, that they would expose others to it themselves, but would deny themselves care to contain it to the immediate location where they were exposed.

  • ALLIN Aug 11, 4:36 p.m.

    Some of you need to take off the tin foil hats. The sky is not falling. The world is not... View More

    — Posted by kikinc

    You need to get a grip. Ebola is not new and not a mystery disease. If it spreads amongst the people treating the affected, it certainly will spread amongst the unsuspecting populace. Get a grip on reality. People in Africa are not plugged in to the internet, not even plugged into the wall socket because they have no electricity so they have no radio or TV or internet to alert them to the ongoing and ever spreading ebola epidemic. The regular people in Africa has no clue as to what is going on. You need to do some research on the Africa and the lack of modern communications, i.e. no cell phones to txt or even call mom to tell her to be aware. You are the one that needs awakening to the real crisis.

  • kikinc Aug 11, 4:01 p.m.

    Some of you need to take off the tin foil hats. The sky is not falling. The world is not crumbling. We're not all going to die.

    The reason there have been many medical personnel who have been infected is because they are at highest risk. Yes, they may be covered with protective gear, but they're not in the US. The protective gear they have isn't as secure as the gear we have. The two groups most in danger of being infected are medical personnel and family members.

    Do a little independent research about Ebola before you have a panic attack.

  • Anita Woody Aug 11, 3:56 p.m.

    I'm sorry for the sick and their families and YES they are Americans..... but they should have... View More

    — Posted by feistyredhead2001

    If you're such a believer in prayer, than what do you have to fear? It will be okay. Life will... View More

    — Posted by Anita Woody

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    I wholeheartedly believe in prayer, but I also believe God expects us to use the common sense... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    Horsefeathers. They are US citizens and they should be treated here at home. The far right is out of touch with reality again. These people are quarantined and under medical supervision. Ebola is no more scary than a flu pandemic.

  • ALLIN Aug 11, 3:50 p.m.

    Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids and is not transmitted through airborne... View More

    — Posted by hollylama

    Experimental vaccine is quite a statement since it has not even been tested on animal. I know so because it's not allowed in the USA. The victims in the USA are feeling better. After being in the African bush for how long?, Of course they feel better. Real question should be are they still dying? Is the vaccine worth a hoot? Why are we not being updated hourly? Is it because they have nothing good to say? No positive progress to report?

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