UPDATE 2-Missionary with Ebola in serious condition to return to U.S.

Mon Aug 4, 2014 4:25pm EDT
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(Updates with new details on workers, experimental drug)

By Rich McKay

ATLANTA Aug 4 (Reuters) - The second American aid worker who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while helping fight the disease in West Africa is in serious condition, but is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday for treatment, a relief organization said.

Missionary Nancy Writebol, 59, will fly on a medical aircraft from Liberia to be treated by infectious disease specialists in a special isolation ward at Emory University Hospital, according to Christian mission group SIM USA.

The specialists on Saturday began treating 33-year-old U.S. doctor Kent Brantly, who also returned home after being stricken with Ebola during the emergency response to the worst outbreak on record of the hemorrhagic virus, which has killed nearly 900 people since February.

Writebol and Brantly are believed to be the first Ebola patients ever treated in the United States. They served in Monrovia on a joint team run by Christian aid groups SIM USA and Samaritan's Purse and are returning separately because the plane equipped to transport them can carry only one patient at a time.

Writebol is in serious condition, SIM USA said on Monday.

"We are so grateful and encouraged to hear that Nancy's condition remains stable and that she will be with us soon," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA.

"Her husband, David, told me Sunday her appetite has improved and she requested one of her favorite dishes - Liberian potato soup - and coffee," Johnson said in a statement.   Continued...