Nancy Writebol, the Charlotte missionary infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia, remained stable Monday, though her condition was described as very serious.
Because the virus is highly contagious and very deadly, Writebol is still being treated in an isolation unit on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberias capital, said Melissa Strickland, spokesperson for the Boone-based charity Samaritans Purse.
Her condition fever, headache, abdominal pain is about the same, maybe a little worse, Strickland said. Its very serious.
Writebol and her husband, David, are members of Charlottes Calvary Church and have been missionaries in the West African country. On Friday, the couple learned that she had tested positive for the virus. She had been working as a hygienist, spraying protective suits worn by health care workers treating Ebola patients.
Also infected with the virus and being treated in the same isolation unit is a Texas physician, Dr. Kent Brantly, who was working for Samaritans Purse. The Writebols are affiliated with SIM, short for Serving in Mission, a Charlotte-based group that runs ELWA Hospital in Monrovia.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. David Mcray, who has been in touch with Brantly, said Brantlys prognosis is grave.
What were seeing in Liberia is a 60 percent fatality rate for Ebola, Strickland said. Thats what Kent and Nancy are up against.
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