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Faith-based groups ask for prayers for missionaries who contracted Ebola

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte-based missionary is reportedly in stable condition after she contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia.

Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were both diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus over the weekend. The pair are serving on a joint team of people with Samaritan's Purse and SIM, a Christian medical mission organization based in Charlotte.

Both faith-based organizations are calling for an international response to the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and neighboring countries.

Officials with SIM say Brantly and Writebol are both stable, yet suffering from some of the symptoms of the virus. Each is receiving around-the-clock medical care.

"The next few days are critical in assessing the recovery of these Ebola crisis responders," said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA.

"SIM and Samaritan's Purse invite people to pray for the full restoration of our two workers and for the stemming of the spread of this virus across Liberia and other nations of West Africa."

The highly contagious virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world.

The World Health Organization said the outbreak is the largest ever recorded, killing more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone since it began earlier this year.

There is no known cure for Ebola, which begins with symptoms including fever and sore throat and escalates to vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding. The WHO says the disease is not contagious until a person begins to show symptoms.

Due to the upsurge in cases of Ebola in the region, SIM and Samaritan's Purse have taken the precautionary step of mandating the evacuation of all nonessential personnel from Liberia.

No symptoms of Ebola are present in any of the evacuees, who are being monitored continually.

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