Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

American doctor exposed to Ebola transferred to US to be monitored

American doctor exposed to Ebola transferred to US to be monitored

A United States doctor possibly exposed to the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now back in the US. The facility also is not identifying the person as a patient or when the person was in Africa.

Doctors are keeping a close eye on an American physician who returned to the US from the Congo and may have been exposed to Ebola.

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

The UNMC, located in Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, said the individual has now no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored, according to a press release from the college, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We are not aware of any other United States citizens with potential exposures to Ebola at this time, and there is no health risk to the USA public due to this evacuation", according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 person was privately transported to the medical center Saturday afternoon, Politico reported.

Doctors will work with federal, state and county public health officials to monitor the man and secure the area so no members of the public or other patients are exposed.

The person isn't displaying symptoms of Ebola but was evacuated to ensure quick access to specialized care if symptoms develop.

Ted Cieslak, an infectious disease specialist at the medical center, said that the patient may have been exposed to the virus but is not sick and contagious. Monitoring could last up to two weeks, hospital officials said.

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is the second worst ever and has killed 356 of the 585 people infected since it began six months ago. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.

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