Friday, 18 January, 2019

American Flown to Nebraska Hospital After Possible Ebola Exposure in the Congo

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Melissa Porter | 01 January, 2019, 04:10

Ted Cieslak, an infectious disease specialist at the medical center, said that the patient may have been exposed to the virus but is not sick and contagious.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, which began in August and has already infected more than 600 and killed more than 300.

The person, whose identity wasn't revealed because they requested privacy, will be monitored for up to two weeks in a "secure area" the public can't access, the Nebraska Medical Center said in a press release. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units, its news release said.

The physician, who has not been identified due to privacy concerns, returned to Nebraska on Saturday, but doctors say there are now no signs of the deadly virus.

"Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them". The individual was transported by private plane and auto, they said. The individual will be monitored in a secure area inaccessible to the public and patients. He will be transferred to a special biocontainment once symptoms develop.

Ebola - also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever - is a rare and deadly virus that can be spread through human contact with bodily fluids and causes severe bleeding and organ failure. Health care workers from around the world have descended on northeastern Congo to help thwart the expansion of the outbreak.

Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon infected with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone, arrives at the Nebraska Medical Center on November 15, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. Monitoring could last up to two weeks. Unless the need arises, we will not be providing updates in the status of this individual during the monitoring period.

Nebraska Medical treated three patients with Ebola during the 2014 outbreak.

The Nebraska Medical Center's Biocontainment Unit is one of only several nationwide that was built and equipped for the specific objective of housing and monitoring individual who suffered possible exposure to a deadly disease, according to Wilson.