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  • Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Mission group identifies 3rd American with Ebola

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The president of a missionary group says a third U.S. aid worker sickened with the Ebola virus decided to return to Liberia after the other two people became ill.

SIM President Bruce Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that Dr. Rick Sacra returned to Liberia about a month ago after another doctor and a missionary became ill with Ebola. Both survived after treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Johnson says the 51-year-old Sacra lives in the Boston area. He says Sacra wasn't caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies in the SIM hospital's obstetrics unit.

He says it's not known whether Sacra will return to the U.S. for treatment.

The missionary who survived Ebola, Nancy Writebol, said at the news conference that she believes an experimental drug, her medical care and her faith helped save her.

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Ebola survivor: I felt like I was going to die

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. doctor who survived after contracting Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia says he's "very close" to the doctor most recently diagnosed with the disease and has spent time in "tearful prayer" for him.

Dr. Kent Brantly also told NBC News that he feared his own death, telling a nurse at one point he had "no reserve and I don't know how long I can keep this up."

NBC News released a portion of its interview with Brantly on Tuesday, the same day officials from the North Carolina-based missionary group SIM said a third U.S. aid worker had contracted the disease.

Brantly and missionary, Nancy Writebol, recovered in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Both were released last month.

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American Muslim group denounces latest beheading

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Council on American Islamic Relations is expressing "horror, disgust and sorrow" at the new video purporting to show the beheading of U.S journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad says no one who believes in the Islamic tradition of peace and justice would kill an innocent civilian.

In the video distributed Tuesday and titled "A Second Message to America," the militant who performs the beheading says it's retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

Awad insists there's nothing Islamic about the extremists, despite their claim to be establishing a Muslim caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

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