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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Another American missionary has tested positive for the Ebola virus, according to SIM USA of Charlotte.

The American doctor was treating obstetrics patients at SIM's ELWA hospital in Monrovia, SIM said in a news release. He was not treating Ebola patients in ELWA's Ebola isolation unit, a facility separate from the main hospital on the mission organization's 136-acre campus. It is not yet known how the doctor contracted the virus.

Americans Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly were released from Emory Hospital last month after returning to the U.S. for Ebola treatment.

After symptoms developed, the doctor isolated himself and was transferred to the ELWA Ebola isolation unit.

The doctor is doing well and is in good spirits, SIM said.

“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “As a global mission, we are surrounding our missionary with prayer, as well as our Liberian SIM/ELWA colleagues, who continue fighting the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight.”

SIM USA will hold a press conference at its Charlotte headquarters on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to provide additional and updated details. WNCN will live stream this press conference on WNCN.com.

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