Doctor to be monitored in United States after possible Ebola exposure

Faith Castro
January 1, 2019

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 physician, who has not been identified due to privacy concerns, returned to Nebraska on Saturday, but doctors say there are now no signs of the deadly virus.

Ted Cieslak MD, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine, revealed that the person is not ill and is not contagious despite possible exposure.

"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. 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.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history.

According to Nebraska Medicine, the individual now is not showing symptoms; however, should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted. The individual was flown back to the United States in a private plane, not commercial aircraft. The outbreak began August 1 and has left more than 300 people dead, with 545 confirmed cases recorded as of Saturday, according to the country's health ministry.

Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) would be activated and the person admitted. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. The quarantine could last up to two weeks.

The person was privately transported to the medical center Saturday afternoon, Politico reported. 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. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.

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