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U.S. missionary with Ebola leaving Liberia on Tuesday

ATLANTA — A second American missionary stricken with Ebola is expected to fly Tuesday to the United States for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

A Liberian official confirmed plans for Nancy Writebol to depart with a medical evacuation team. Information Minister Lewis Brown said the evacuation flight was scheduled to leave West Africa between 1 a.m. and 1.30 a.m. local time Tuesday.

Writebol is in good spirits despite her diagnosis, said the pastor of her hometown church in Charlotte, N.C., who has spoken with her husband, David.

"She is holding her own," the Rev. John Munro said. Munro's Calvary Church is a nondenominational evangelical congregation that sponsors the Writebols as missionaries in Liberia, one of the West African nations grappling with the worst outbreak of Ebola ever recorded there.

Dr. Kent Brantly was improving Sunday after he was admitted to Emory's quarantine unit a day earlier, according to a statement from his wife.

"Our family is rejoicing over Kent's safe arrival, and we are confident that he is receiving the very best care," Amber Brantly said, adding that she was able to see her husband Sunday.

U.S. missionary with Ebola leaving Liberia on Tuesday 08/03/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 12:34am]
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