American Exposed to Ebola Virus Arrives in Nebraska

Ebony Scott
January 1, 2019

"Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them", he said in the press release.

An infectious diseases specialist at the medical center said the person is not now ill and is not contagious.

The American, the Nebraska release states, is not an official patient and is being taken privately to the medical center. After a week under observation, the doctor was taken via private plane and vehicle from the DRC back to the United States and arrived Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center.

More than 350 people have died in the Congo during the current Ebola crisis, although the World Health Organization says the outbreak doesn't pose an worldwide threat.

Congo's health ministry, the World Health Organization and some nongovernmental organizations have been forced to temporarily suspend their Ebola containment work because of protests related to Sunday's presidential election.

The individual will be monitored in a unit at the medical center that can safely quarantine individuals exposed to highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

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Doctors are keeping a close eye on an American physician who returned to the US from the Congo and may have been exposed to Ebola. The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and has mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Doctors are working with federal, state and county public health officials to monitor the doctor in a secure area separate from the public and other patients. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

Observation of the individual could last as long as two weeks and is being done in a location that neither the public nor patients can access, the facility said. It can also spread through objects contaminated with body fluids from a sick or dead person.

While this person isn't officially a patient, we will be honoring their request for privacy while they are being monitored here.

Unless the need arises, the UNMC will not be providing updates in the status of this individual during the monitoring period.

The medical centre has a dedicated biocontainment unit and treated three Ebola patients in 2014.

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