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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roughly 400 people gathered Wednesday night at Calvary Church to pray for a church member who has become infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia.

Nancy Writebol of Charlotte is serving as a missionary with SIM and Samaritans Purse in the African country. Writebol is in stable but serious condition, SIM said Thursday in a press release.

She is the second U.S. citizen working in Liberia to test positive for the Ebola virus.

Dr. Kent Brantly, who has been working in Liberia since October 2013 for Samaritan's Purse, is now receiving intensive medical treatment after he was infected, according to a spokeswoman for the Boone, N.C., organization.

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Writebol and her husband, David, are members of Calvary church. David Writebol, who is also serving in Liberia, phoned into the prayer vigil Wednesday and spoke with the pastors about his wife's condition.

"I want to be a bit cautious, but she's sitting up and talking with us, moving about," Writebol said. "She still has a long way to go. She is still very ill."

David Writebol serves as the technical services manager at SIM's Radio ELWA complex, while Nancy serves as a personnel coordinator. The couple has two children.

Writebol assured the congregation that his wife is not suffering through the sickness in complete isolation.

"I have to be in a full protection suit, but I am actually able to be with her and we can see each other face to face," Writebol said.

The Ebola outbreak in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has caused more than 670 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

Contributing: USA TODAY

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