American expected to be monitored at Medical Center after possible Ebola exposure

American expected to be monitored at Medical Center after possible Ebola exposure

On Saturday, another US citizen was flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after being potentially exposed to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "The person was also monitored after arrival in Omaha and was shown not to be symptomatic".

The center where the physician is being held has experience treating Ebola patients and has a biocontainment unit to address symptoms if they develop.

The medic, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement.

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

It can take up to three weeks after contracting Ebola for an infected person to begin showing symptoms.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

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

However, if it becomes necessary for this person to be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, regular updates should be expected.

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 secure area inaccessible to the public and patients.

The virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.

Should symptoms develop, the healthcare worker would be moved to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the only a few in the USA for treating infectious disease.

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

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



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