A former Colorado resident working in Liberia for a non-profit treating Ebola has tested positive for the disease.
Nancy Writebol, who is originally from Evergreen, is a missionary with Serving in Mission and was a part of a joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse team treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, according to Melissa Strickland, spokeswoman for the missionary group Samaritan's Purse.
Writebol's son, Jeremiah Writebol, declined to talk about her, saying that it is a difficult time for the family.
Writebol and her husband, David, 58, who also works in Monrovia, began their missionary work early in their marriage, according to SIM's website.
"They joined SIM in 2013 after 14 years of service to orphans and other vulnerable children, serving in 2 other countries," the website said.
Nancy Writebol is a personnel coordinator, helping missionaries to enter the country, and also serves nursing staff at SIM's ELWA Hospital in Monrovia "in developing a culture of patient care and compassion," the website said.
David serves as the technical services manager overseeing and mentoring staff, at the hospital complex, which consists of 100 buildings.
SIM manages ELWA Hospital there, and has been working closely with Samaritan's Purse to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March.
The couple has two children.