CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-based SIM announced on Tuesday that another doctor has contracted the Ebola virus while working as a missionary at SIM's ELWA hospital in Monrovia.
Unlike Samaritan's Purse's Doctor Kent Brantly, the American doctor was not working in the Ebola isolation unit, instead he was treating obstetrics patients at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
The doctor, who has not yet been identified, immediately isolated himself and has since been transported to the Ebola isolation unit, SIM says.
The doctor is in good spirits and is doing well, SIM reports, but it's not yet clear how the doctor contracted the virus.
"My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. "As a global mission, we are surrounding our missionary with prayer, as well as our Liberian SIM/ELWA colleagues, who continue fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight."
Dr. Kent Brantly and Charlottean Nancy Writebol, a SIM missionary, both contracted the Ebola virus while serving in Monrovia. Both Brantly and Writebol were transported back to the states, one-by-one, specifically to Atlanta's Emory Hospital, for treatment.
But before leaving Liberia, Dr. Brantly selflessly asked that a single dose of an experimental serum be given to Writebol.
Brantly and Writebol have both since been discharged from the isolation facility at Emory, and officials say they pose no threat to the public.
SIM is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to share more information on this case.