A U.S. doctor and missionary who was successfully treated for Ebola he contracted in Africa is back in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory infection, and doctors don’t suspect a recurrence of the virus.
UMass Memorial Medical Center says Dr. Richard Sacra was hospitalized Saturday and is in stable condition. His has a cough and pinkeye.
Dr. Robert Finberg, who is leading Sacra’s medical team, says “it is highly unlikely” the Ebola has returned and stressed that the public isn’t at risk.
The hospital says Sacra will remain in isolation until doctors have confirmation he is not infected with the virus. They expect to know with certainty within a day or two.
Sacra returned home Sept. 25 after weeks of treatment at a Nebraska hospital.