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Missionaries flee Ebola outbreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

SIM (S-I-M) USA President Bruce Johnson announced Tuesday that his group and Samaritan’s Purse decided on the evacuation following an upsurge in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia. A statement from SIM says no symptoms of Ebola are present in any of the evacuees, who are being monitored continually.

A Texas-trained doctor and a missionary from Charlotte have contracted the disease and remain in isolation in Liberia.

Johnson says a Charlotte church will hold a prayer service Wednesday evening for SIM’s Nancy Writebol and for Dr. Kent Brantly, who is with Samaritan’s Purse.

There is no known cure for Ebola, but Johnson says recovery is possible with proper care. Unfortunately, he says the SIM-Samaritan’s Purse facility is the only treatment center for Ebola in the West African country.

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