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FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, a healthcare worker in protective gear sprays disinfectant around the house of a person suspected to have the Ebola virus in Port Loko Community, situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone's chief medical officer says another one of the country's doctors has tested positive for Ebola. Dr. Martin Salia, a specialist surgeon at a major hospital in the capital of Freetown, is the sixth Sierra Leonean doctor to become infected in this outbreak. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) and his girlfriend Helen Finlay say farewell to Dr. Mitchell Levy after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit, laughs while speaking with Ashoka Mukpo (not pictured) after Mukpo was released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (L) listens at Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit, speaks after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (L) shakes hands with nurse Morgan Shradar after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. Kristina Bailey after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) and his girlfriend Helen Finlay say farewell to Dr. Mitchell Levy after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) hugs Biocontainment Unit Nursing Director Shelly Schwedhelm after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. Craig Piquette after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with respiratory therapist Jean Bellinhausen after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (C) poses for a photo with Dr. Phil Smith, Medical Director of the Biocontainment Unit (L), and Dr. Andre Kalil, infectious diseases specialist (R) after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: Ashoka Mukpo (R) shakes hands with Dr. James Sullivan after being released from the treatment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting Ebola in West Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Taylor Wilson/Nebraska Medicine via Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, and Phil Smith, MD address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, Phil Smith, MD, and Shelly Schedhelm, MD, address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R)Angela Hewlet, MD, Phil Smith, MD, and Shelly Schedhelm, MD, address members of the media about Ashoka Mukpo's release, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 22, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo was treated and released at UNMC after contracting ebola in west Africa while working as a freelance journalist. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Mitchell Levy, father of an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, speaks to members of the media at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Diana Mukpo listens during a press conference with members of the media about the condition of her son Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Bradley Britigan speaks to members of the media about the condition of Ashoka Mukpo, an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: Dr. Rosanna Morris CEO and Chief of Nursing, speaks to members of the media about an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - OCTOBER 6: An ambulance carrying an American freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Ashoka Mukpo, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center October 6, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Mukpo is the fifth American diagnosed with Ebola and is reported to be in good spirits. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Dr. Ali Khan, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center, speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Dr. Ali Khan, left, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. Rosanna Morris, Chief Nursing officer, listens at right/ (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Dr. Ali Khan, left, Dean of the College of Public Health at the Nebraska Medical Center speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, to discuss Ebola patient, journalist Ashoka Mukpo, who is expected to arrive from Liberia at the Medical Center on Monday. Rosanna Morris, Chief Nursing officer, listens at right. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A health worker takes a patient's temperature on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Liberia has been hit the hardest by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa. The latest UN data released on September 27, 2014 said 1,830 people have died from the killer virus in Liberia so far, and 3,458 people have been infected. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 02: People pass an Ebola awareness mural on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education joint hearing on, "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, left, former Medical Director of Samaritan's Purse Ebola Care Center in Monrovia, Liberia, gives a hug to Ishmeal Alfred Charles, right, an aid worker from Sierra Leone, after they both testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education joint hearing on, "Ebola in West Africa: A Global Challenge and Public Health Threat," on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Nancy Writebol describes the journey she and her husband, David, have made as missionaries helping people in Liberia where Nancy contracted the Ebola virus, after a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The couple talked about their service and plans for the future. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Former Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra arrives to a news conference at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Dr. Sacra who was treated at the medical center the last three weeks has left his room in the biocontainment unit and will head home soon. The CDC confirmed that two separate blood samples taken from Dr. Sacra 24 hours apart show the Ebola virus is no longer in his bloodstream. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Health workers move the body of a fellow health worker who was found dead in a seat, and who they believe passed away from the Ebola virus, at one of the largest hospitals in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
Health workers, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), work inside the high-risk area on September 7, 2014 at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, which is run by the non-governmental French organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders -- MSF). US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on September 7 the US military would help in the fight against fast-spreading Ebola in Africa, but warned it would be months before the epidemic slowed. The tropical virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed 2,100 people in four countries since the start of the year -- more than half of them in Liberia. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

Dr. Martin Salia was to be taken to Omaha to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, told The Associated Press on Friday. The U.S. Embassy in Freetown said Salia himself was paying for the expensive evacuation. He reportedly lives in Maryland.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday that Salia's wife, who also lives in Maryland, has asked the State Department to investigate whether he is well enough to be flown to Nebraska.

Salia is a general surgeon who had been working at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. Patients, including mothers who hours earlier had given birth, fled from the 60-bed hospital after news of the Ebola case emerged, United Methodist News reported.

The hospital was closed on Tuesday after Salia tested positive and he was taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center near Freetown, the church news service said. Kissy hospital staffers will be quarantined for 21 days.

A Sierra Leone citizen, the 44-year-old lives in Maryland and is a permanent U.S. resident, according to a person in the United States with direct knowledge of the situation. The person was not authorized to release the information and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The doctor will be the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S. The last, Dr. Craig Spencer, was released from a New York hospital on Tuesday.

The Nebraska Medical Center said Thursday it had no official confirmation that it would be treating another patient, but that an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone would be evaluated for possible transport to the hospital. The patient would arrive Saturday afternoon.

Salia came down with symptoms of Ebola on Nov. 6 but test results were negative for the deadly virus. He was tested again on Monday, and he tested positive. Salia is in stable condition at an Ebola treatment center in Freetown. It wasn't clear whether he had been involved in the care of Ebola patients.

Kissy is not an Ebola treatment unit but Salia worked at at least three other medical facilities, United Methodist News said, citing health ministry sources.

Sierra Leone is one of the three West Africa nations hit hard by an Ebola epidemic this year. Five other doctors in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola - and all have died.

The disease has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, mostly in Sierra Leona, Guinea and Liberia.

The hospital in Omaha is one of four U.S. hospitals with specialized treatment units for people with highly dangerous infectious diseases. It was chosen for the latest patient because workers at units at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health near Washington are still in a 21-day monitoring period.

Those two hospitals treated two Dallas nurses who were infected while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who fell ill with Ebola shortly after arriving in the U.S. and later died.

The other eight Ebola patients in the U.S. recovered, including the nurses. Five were American aid workers who became infected in West Africa while helping care for patients there; one was a video journalist.

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Dr. Craig Spencer of New York City was quarantined on October 23, 2014 at Bellevue Hospital and released November 11, 2014.

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Thomas E. Duncan, admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on September 28, 2014; died on October 8, 2014.

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Nina Pham, admitted to the National Institutes of Health on October 16, 2014 and was released October 24, 2014.

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Amber Vinson, admitted to Emory University Hospital on October 15, 2014 and released October 28th, 2014.

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Nancy Writebol was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on August 19, 2014.

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Dr. Kent Brantly walked was discharged from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

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Dr. Rick Sacra was discharged from Nebraska Medical Center on September 25, 2014.

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Ashoka Mukpo was discharged from Nebraska Medical Center on October 22, 2014.

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