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Nebraska doctors prepare to treat Ebola patient

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    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Doctors at the Nebraska Medical Center say they're ready to treat a missionary who was infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia.
   The North Carolina-based charity SIM announced earlier Thursday that Dr. Rick Sacra is the patient expected to arrive in Omaha on Friday for treatment.
   A special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center is one of four nationwide, and it is the largest with 10 beds.
   Dr. Phil Smith, who oversees the unit, says the unit was designed for exactly this kind of event.
   University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says doctors have been preparing to treat a patient like this for some time.
   Gold says he's confident all of the patients, doctors, staff and students at the facility will be protected during this treatment.

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   CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- 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.
   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.
   Sacra, a doctor from the Boston area, opted to head to Liberia after hearing that two other missionaries were sick. He was infected by the virus that has killed about 1,900 people.

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