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

Congo rebels kill 13 abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region

If the exposed person develops symptoms, Cieslak said, the Nebraska team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them because of the medical center's previous experience caring for Ebola patients.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, deadly disease that can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or a sick or dead person infected with the disease, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nebraska Medical Center officials said that the physician was transported to the facility from the Congo by private plane and auto. On Saturday, another USA citizen was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after being potentially exposed to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

After the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, experts on the deadly disease from Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have "taken a leading role in training other health care workers across the US and around the world in dealing with infectious diseases", according to the press release. Health care workers from around the world have descended on northeastern Congo to help thwart the expansion of the outbreak.

The Ebola virus can not spread to others when a person shows no signs or symptoms of the disease.

An American who may have been exposed to Ebola while working in the Democratic Republic of Congo has returned to the United States for monitoring. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

He or she will be kept in the secure area for up to two weeks and be taken to a specialized bio-containment unit if symptoms show up.

The medical centre is not providing any details to honour the person's request for privacy.

No updates will be given on the person's status during the monitoring period unless needed, the release also states.

The Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units. In 2015, five Americans were monitored at the center after being exposed to the virus in West Africa, but none developed the disease.



Other news