A Massachusetts hospital is awaiting test results on a doctor and missionary who was successfully treated in Nebraska for Ebola he contracted in Africa but is now in isolation in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory infection.
Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center said in a statement that Dr. Richard Sacra was hospitalized Saturday for observation and is in stable condition with a cough and conjunctivitis, commonly known as pinkeye.
The hospital stressed that doctors don't believe the virus has recurred. They are awaiting test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, which they expect to have by late Monday.
"We are isolating Dr. Sacra to be cautious pending final confirmation of his illness," said Dr. Robert Finberg, who is heading Sacra's medical team. "We think it is highly unlikely that he has Ebola. We suspect he has an upper respiratory tract infection."
Sacra returned to Massachusetts on Sept. 25 after weeks of treatment at an Omaha, Neb., hospital.
He spent much of the last two decades in Liberia, working with a missionary group. He also works at Family Health Center of Worcester, Mass.