A North Carolina-based charity says the missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia is being flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment.
A statement from Serving in Mission says Dr. Rick Sacra is being flown to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is expected to arrive on Friday and begin treatment in the hospital’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.
SIM president Bruce Johnson says Sacra was receiving excellent care from staff at a care center in Liberia, but he says the Nebraska facility provides advanced monitoring equipment and a wider availability of treatment options.
Dr. Sacra is the latest American to become infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia for the aid organization Serving in Mission. He was admitted to an Ebola case management center over the weekend near the hospital in Monrovia where he has served for 15 years.
The Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit has ten beds and can receive patients from anywhere in the country, and is equipped with many safety features.
Examples include special air handling systems to ensure that micro-organisms do not spread beyond the patient rooms, with high level filtration and ultraviolet light for additional protection.
Nebraska Medical Center is one of four facilties in the country that can treat a highly contagious virus like Ebola.