January 19, 2019

Doctor monitored in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

31 December 2018, 01:40 | Silvia Roy

"This individual was monitored through the flight to the US, and to Omaha, at several different locations, and this person is not symptomatic after any of those checks", University of Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson told ABC News late Saturday night.

The individual is likely someone working with one of the medical charities caring for Ebola patients in the outbreak zone. U.S. The individual was flown back to the United States on a private plane, not commercial aircraft.

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The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is the second worst ever and has killed 356 of the 585 people infected since it began six months ago, according to the World Health Organization. He or she is not exhibiting symptoms, but the hemorrhagic fever can spread through direct contact and can incubate for up to three weeks before a person becomes symptomatic. The outbreak in northeastern Congo has been especially hard to control because it is taking place in an active war zone.

Dr. Ted Cieslak, infectious diseases specialist with the hospital and associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said the person is not officially a patient. More than 350 people have died. The doctor is being monitored in a secure area that is not accessible to the public or any patients. The Ebola virus can not spread to others when a person shows no signs or symptoms of 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 US dedicated to treating highly infectious diseases, Taylor Wilson, a spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine said. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids.

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The Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.

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