Doctor Reportedly Exposed to Ebola in Africa Brought to U.S. Hospital

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Doctor Reportedly Exposed to Ebola in Africa Brought to U.S. Hospital The Associated Press29 Dec 2018

An American doctor who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been taken to a Nebraska medical center for treatment, the medical center said Saturday.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", said Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine, in a statement.

At this point, the person has not demonstrated any symptoms of the virus, but he or she "will be monitored closely", the facility said.

Congo has been battling an Ebola outbreak since August, culminating in 543 cases confirmed and 357 deaths as of late December, according to the World Health Organisation. After a week under observation, the doctor was taken via private plane and vehicle from the DRC back to the United States and arrived Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Should any symptoms develop, the medical center will activate the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and start providing regular updates.

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

The person, who was transported to the private plane and transported by auto, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement. The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo has been particularly hard to contain because it is an active war zone. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. The individual will be monitored in a secure area inaccessible to the public and patients.

At the moment, from the deadly disease died of 360 people, more than 200 have been treated. The statement said the individual had asked for privacy and the request would be honored. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposure, but none of them developed the disease.

Nebraska Medicine cared for three patients with the virus in 2014 and monitored several others for exposure during a 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa that was the worst on record, with more than 28,000 cases confirmed.

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