Ebola patient in Omaha eating ice cream

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Dr. Phil Smith, director of the bio-containment patient care unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, center, answers a question with Debbie Sacra, wife of ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra, left, and Dr. Angela Hewlett, associate medical director of the bio-containment patient care unit, right, at a news conference held in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
WORCESTER, MA - SEPTEMBER 4: Debbie Sacra, wife of Dr. Richard A. Sacra, the third U.S. physician to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, read a statement at UMass Medical School. Behind her is her brother in law, David Sacra. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Debbie Sacra, wife of ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra, laughs as she answers a question at a news conference held at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Dr. Phil Smith said Thursday that Sacra was responding well to aggressive treatment he received in the past week, including blood transfusions from a fellow doctor who also had Ebola. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back.

Dr. Rick Sacra was flown to the Omaha, Nebraska, hospital on Sept. 5 for treatment in the hospital's specialized 10-bed isolation unit.

Sacra's doctors and his wife, Debbie, have said the 51-year-old doctor's condition has steadily improved since he arrived.

On Friday, the hospital released a statement saying Sacra's appetite is finally starting to come back. The hospital says Sacra sated a craving for ice cream with a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Debbie Sacra says the ice cream helped her husband exceed doctors' orders for him to start eating at least 1,000 calories a day.

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