Missionary infected with Ebola heading to Nebraska

Dr. Rick Sacra was a doctor in Worcester

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP/WWLP) — 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 SIM on Thursday says Dr. Rick Sacra is being flown to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He is expected to arrive on Friday and begin treatment in the hospital’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.

The 51-year-old doctor from Worcester wasn’t treating Ebola patients. He had been working with pregnant women in a Monrovia hospital.

“I think, by now, the CDC is doing a good job at handling it. And I think everyone’s on high alert in regards to what the Ebola virus is and how it’s going to get, like, I know who can carry it, so I don’t thinks, I’m not that worried,” said Trisha Baruengi of Westfield.

U.S. officials say Ebola isn’t just a west Africa problem; It’s a virus that threatens the entire world. In fact, more than 1,900 people have been killed by the virus and it’s expected to spread.

“Just the fact that it could spread. It can kill thousands and millions of people. And I don’t want to see that happen to anybody in any country,” said Maureen Richard of West Springfield.

However, some in the medical community say you shouldn’t be concerned about Ebola reaching the U.S yet. “It is not air born. You can not get it by looking at a person, by walking past them. You really have to have contact with their body fluids and in an unprotected manner,” said Dr. Sarah Haessler, Infectious Disease Specialist at Baystate Medical Center.

There’s still no cure for the deadly Ebola virus.

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