Nebraska centre monitors person for possible Ebola exposure

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

American doctor will be monitored in US after possible exposure to Ebola in Congo

They are not aware of any other exposure to USA citizens.

The unidentified individual had been in the country offering medical assistance at the time exposure may have occurred, according to a news release from Nebraska Medicine. The latest outbreak in the Congo began in August and has killed 347 people, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak in northeastern Congo has been especially hard to control because it is taking place in an active war zone.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The government issued a last-minute decision to bar people in Beni and Butembo from voting because of the outbreak.

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The current outbreak in the Congo is the second largest of all-time, after almost 1,200 people died of the virus in 2016.

The physician, who is not identified for privacy reasons, was privately flown to Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon and transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center, officials with the medical center announced Saturday.

"Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them". Working with federal, state and county public health officials, they will be monitored in a secure area not accessible by the public or any patients.

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However, Ebola has an incubation period rate of three weeks before symptoms can appear, meaning doctors are proceeding with caution.

No details have yet emerged about who the health worker is or how he or she was exposed to the deadly virus. It can also be spread through semen from a man who has recovered from the diseases. However, if it becomes necessary for this person to be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, regular updates should be expected.

The medical centre has a dedicated biocontainment unit and treated three Ebola patients in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.

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

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