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Charlotte Church Prays For American Fighting Ebola Virus As Charity Begins Evacuations

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A staff member of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse prepares to treat the entrance to a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

A staff member of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse prepares to treat the entrance to a hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

SIM USA President Bruce Johnson announced Tuesday that his group and Samaritan’s Purse decided on the evacuation following an upsurge in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia. Johnson said the logistics of the evacuation are being determined.

Spokesman Palmer Holt said approximately 60 employees will be evacuated. A statement from SIM says none of the evacuees is displaying any symptoms of Ebola, but all are being monitored continually.

Nancy Writebol of Charlotte is a missionary who has contracted the deadly virus. A Texas doctor working with the charity has also contracted Ebola.

Johnson said Tuesday he spoke to Writebol’s husband, David, who says Nancy is in stable condition but fighting for her life.

Writebol’s Charlotte church will hold a prayer service Wednesday night.

An American citizen in Liberia has died from the Ebola virus, 40-year-old finance official Patrick Sawyer.

There is no known cure for Ebola, which begins with symptoms including fever and sore throat and escalates to vomiting, diarrhea and internal bleeding. The disease spreads through direct contact with blood and other bodily fluids.

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