Physician returns to USA prompting doctors to fear exposure to deadly virus

Pearl Mccarthy
January 1, 2019

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

The disease caused by Ebola virus - an acute viral infection that affects humans and some animals.

The person, who was transported to the U.S.by private plane and transported by vehicle, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement.

USA officials arranged the physician's travel, a spokesman for the medical center said.

The Congolese government is grappling with the second largest Ebola outbreak on record. Health care workers from around the world have descended on northeastern Congo to help thwart the expansion of the outbreak.

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This isn't the first time possible Ebola patients were treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. After the exposure, the health worker received the experimental Ebola vaccine that has been given to more than 53,000 people in Congo, including health care personnel, according to USA officials. The Ebola epidemic erupted in West Africa in 2015 and has mainly affected three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The individual will be monitored in a secure area inaccessible to the public and patients. The physician was transported to the medical center on Saturday afternoon, where he will be observed in a secure area for up to two weeks. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

The Ebola virus spreads to people through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

The medical center said it would provide updates on the person's condition only if it becomes necessary to transfer the person to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

Updates on the person's condition aren't anticipated "unless the need arises", the facility said. The Nebraska Medical Center has one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units.

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

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