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US Doctor With Ebola Returns Home

Will Elphick, left, director of Liberia for SIM, USA listens as SIM President Bruce Johnson speaks at a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept., 3, 2014.
Will Elphick, left, director of Liberia for SIM, USA listens as SIM President Bruce Johnson speaks at a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept., 3, 2014.
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A third U.S. health care worker is returning home after contracting the Ebola virus while working in West Africa.

Rick Sacra, who was working in Liberia, is scheduled to arrive in Nebraska Friday.

Sacra will receive treatment at the biocontainment center of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

The first two American health care workers infected with Ebola - Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol – have recovered since being flown to Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital for treatment. 

Sacra served with the North Carolina-based charity SIM while in Liberia. 

SIM's President Bruce Johnson said Sacra received "excellent care" at its facility in Liberia, but the U.S. hospital provides advanced monitoring equipment and a wider availability of treatment options.

Nearly 200 experts on Ebola are meeting in Switzerland to discuss possible cures and vaccines for the disease as the number of cases in West Africa continues to rise.

No cure or vaccine exists for the deadly disease, although an experimental serum, Zmapp, made by a U.S. company, has been given to a small number of patients, some of whom have survived.

The World Health Organization reports the West African Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,900 people and infected at least 3,500, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In an editorial this week in The Washington Post, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Harvard University professor Paul Farmer described the global response to Ebola as "disastrously inadequate." 

They blamed it on what they said is the lack of adequate basic health care in West Africa and a bias toward wealthier nations. 

Kim and Farmer said if the outbreak took place in a Western city such as New York or Washington, the disease could be contained or eliminated. 

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