American Flown To Nebraska After Possible Ebola Exposure

Kenny Tucker
December 31, 2018

An American health worker who has been caring for patients infected with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was flown back to the United States for observation after having what is described as "a possible exposure" to an Ebola patient.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist, said in a statement from Nebraska Medicine.

The person was privately transported to the medical center Saturday afternoon, Politico reported.

Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and healthcare colleges, together with academic partner UNMC, are among world leaders in the treatment of Ebola.

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According to the hospital, the doctor was flown by private plane and then taken by auto.

The individual is likely someone working with one of the medical charities caring for Ebola patients in the outbreak zone. U.S. More than 350 people have died. "We are not aware of any other United States citizens with potential exposures to Ebola at this time, and there is no health risk to the USA public due to this evacuation", says the CDC. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids. The person is not sick nor showing any Ebola symptoms, but could be monitored for up to two weeks, officials said.

The medical center treated several Ebola patients in 2014, and monitored several other exposed people in 2015, though none contracted the disease. If the individual develops symptoms of the virus, the person will be admitted to the hospital's biocontainment unit, one of the few in the USA dedicated to treating highly infectious diseases, Taylor Wilson, a spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine said.

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