Plane Carrying Third U.S. Missionary With Ebola Leaves Liberia

U.S. MissionaryA plane carrying a third U.S. missionary infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia left Monrovia on Thursday, and he will be taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the Christian organization SIM USA said.

A 51-year-old Boston physician, Dr. Rick Sacra, is the latest worker for SIM USA to be infected with the virus that has killed more than 1,900 people.

The plane was expected to arrive in Omaha on Friday morning, and Sacra will begin receiving treatment in the hospital’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit, the organization said in a statement.

“Rick was receiving excellent care from our SIM/ELWA staff in Liberia at our Ebola 2 Care Center,” said President of SIM USA, Bruce Johnson.

“They all love and admire him deeply. However, the Nebraska Medical Center provides advanced monitoring equipment and wider availability of treatment options,” Johnson said.

Liberian Information Minister, Lewis Brown, confirmed that the plane carrying Sacra was identical to the Gulfstream jet that ferried Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, who had contracted the disease in July while working at the missionary group’s health facilities in Liberia.

Sacra had volunteered to return to Liberia, where he has long offered medical services, when the two other U.S. missionary health workers were infected.

Writebol and Brantly have since recovered after being flown back to the United States for treatment in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Sacra had not been caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies, and had been following protocols to prevent the disease, the group said.

It was not known how he contracted the disease.

Buffett Says He Won’t Sell Shares Of IBM: CNBC

Berkshire Hathaway chairman and chief executive Warren Buffett said that he would not sell shares of IBM Corp., even as the company missed earnings expectations last month.

“I won’t be a seller of IBM,” Buffett told cable television network CNBC ahead of Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting, which will begin May 4 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Buffett also said he did not buy more shares of IBM following the company’s disappointing earnings results, which led to an 8 percent drop in the company’s shares a day later.

Buffett added that he may buy more shares in IBM “from time to time,” but that he neither bought nor sold shares after the company’s quarterly earnings miss. He said that he “may have added a little bit” to Berkshire’s stake in the company in the first quarter.

Buffett also told CNBC that he is “100 percent” in favor of JPMorgan Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon maintaining both roles at the bank. Dimon faces a shareholder vote this month at JPMorgan’s annual meeting that could push the board to strip him of his chairman’s role.