Doctor from Massachusetts has Ebola virus

Dr. Rick Scara of Holden contracted disease in Liberia

Rick Sacra

(WWLP-AP) – The third American to contract the Ebola virus is a family physician from central Massachusetts.

Bruce Johnson, the president of the missionary group SIM says that Dr. Rick Scara, 51, contracted the virus in Liberia, where he still is. Johnson says Scara decided to return to Liberia after the two other Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, became ill. Both Brantly and Writebol returned to the U.S. and were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They have since been released.

Scara is being described as a close friend of both Brantly and Writebol.

Johnson says that Sacra wasn’t caring for Ebola patients, but was delivering babies in the SIM hospital’s obstetrics unit.

He says it’s not known whether Sacra will return to the U.S. for treatment.

NBC affiliate WHDH-TV in Boston reports that Scara is from the town of Holden, which is located just north of Worcester.

Sacra’s brother, Doug, said he decided at the age of 10 that he wanted to take care of people who live in Third World countries.

Sacra has spent most of the last two decades living in Liberia, working for a missionary group. He works at the Family Health Center of Worcester when he is not in Liberia.

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