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Evergreen native stricken with Ebola while serving as missionary in Liberia

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen native Nancy Writebol is in serious condition after contracting the virus Ebola while working as a missionary in Liberia.

Writebol and her husband, David Writebol, were working with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian service organization, in Monrovia when she became ill.

Writebol had been working as a hygienist, spraying protective suits of health care workers treating Ebola patients, according to a statement from Samaritan’s Purse spokesperson Melissa Strickland.

Dr. Kent Brantly, a Texas physician also working for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia, also is being treated for Ebola after testing positive for the virus.

The Writebols reside in Charlotte, N.C., and have been working through Serving in Mission, a Christian group that operates a hospital supported by Samaritan’s Purse in the West African country.