January 19, 2019

American Flown To Nebraska After Possible Ebola Exposure

01 January 2019, 09:59 | Rodolfo Wallace

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Spokesman Taylor Wilson says the person arrived Saturday afternoon.

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.

Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist at the center, said.

If the exposed person develops symptoms, Cieslak said, the Nebraska team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them because of the medical center's previous experience caring for Ebola patients. The person is not sick nor showing any Ebola symptoms, but could be monitored for up to two weeks, officials said.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

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However, if it becomes necessary for this person to be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, regular updates should be expected. Officials said the patient was transported by private plane and auto.

Moreover, a person can get the Ebola virus through sexual contact, says the CDC.

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. Doctors will work with public health officials to monitor the patient and secure the area so other patients and members of the public will not be exposed to the deadly virus. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units.

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. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposure, but none of them developed the disease.

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

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