American who contracted Ebola now in critical condition

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit is now in critical condition at the National Institutes of Health.

The agency says the patient's status was changed Monday from serious condition to critical condition, meaning the person's condition has apparently worsened. The patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington.

The patient was flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane last week and arrived early Friday morning. The patient's name, age and gender have not been released.

The person is a clinician working with Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization. The group has been treating patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone since November.

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