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NC missionaries evacuate amid Ebola threat

Posted July 30, 2014

Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have announced plans to pull their people out of Liberia, where hundreds have died of the Ebola virus.

"This is a major epidemic," said Ken Isaacs, vice president of Samaritan's Purse. "People are not giving it the credibility that it deserves."

Among those battling the disease are two Americans – Nancy Writebol, of Charlotte, who works for Serving in Mission, and Dr. Kent Brantly, of Fort Worth, Texas, who works for Samaritan's Purse.

Writebol was working with a decontamination team in Monrovia, making sure those going and coming from the Ebola treatment area were disinfected.

"We think it was in the scrub-down area where the disease was passed to both Nancy and Kent," Isaacs told CNN.

Her son, Jeremy Writebol, told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that his mother is able to move around the home where she's in isolation and has been able to get plenty of fluids.

"This is a devastating and deadly disease, so the symptoms are quite severe," a Samaritan's Purse spokeswoman said.

Jeremey Writebol said he's also concerned about his father, David Writebol, who was exposed before his wife learned of her condition. Jeremy Writebol said his father is feeling fine and is checking his temperature every six hours to monitor his condition.

The Writebols' Charlotte church plans to hold prayer service Wednesday night for her and Brantly. Representatives on Wednesday said neither was doing well.

Serving in Mission USA President Bruce Johnson announced Tuesday that his group and Samaritan's Purse decided on the evacuation following an upsurge in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia. Johnson said the logistics of the evacuation are being determined.

SIM spokesman Palmer Holt said approximately 60 employees will be evacuated. A statement from SIM says none of the evacuees is displaying any symptoms of Ebola, but all are being monitored continually.


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  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Jul 30, 2014

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    Of course they wouldn't.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 30, 2014

    Can we question why we are sending these people to other countries in the first place? dismiss the beliefs of entire peoples and cultures, just to insert our own?

    Does anyone else see the complete lack of "do unto others" in this behavior? Would you stand for other countries doing the same here?

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 30, 2014
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    What could POSSIBLY go wrong???? I agree that some type of quarantine while testing is done is in order. While not a tin-foil hat wearer, this is a deadly disease and I would HOPE the powers that be in this instance do what it takes to keep it from even having the potential of spreading....

  • Jim Vescio Jul 30, 2014
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    Let them stay at the white house with the Obama family for a while. The can be monitored there .. See how that goes over with the CDC and government .. they should not be allowed to leave there and enter the US without being cleared in some remote quarantine.

  • mike275132 Jul 30, 2014

    Oh Goody,

    Bringing back Ebola to NC.

  • shawn36003 Jul 30, 2014

    I would think they would be quarantined for a period of time to be sure they do not in fact have the virus before returning to their normal lives.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 30, 2014

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    Agree 100%

  • Mary Dodd Jul 30, 2014
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    The patient's symptoms were not consistent with Ebola, according with authorities and after consultation with the CDC.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jul 30, 2014
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    Hey everybody! Our missionaries are surrounded by an incurable disease that they may or may not have caught already! Let's bring them back here and let them roam among the general population! But we'll closely monitor them for ya!


  • teleman60 Jul 30, 2014

    They should be quarantined at a military base in total flown on one plane to one base.
    This is NOT A TIME to make a mistake. It could wipe out millions of people.
    If one infected person got loose in an AIRPORT - it's over