American Flown To Nebraska After Possible Ebola Exposure

01 January, 2019, 04:06 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • The virus has ravaged huge parts of Africa

An American who may have been exposed to the lethal disease Ebola while in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Nebraska to be monitored, the medical facility revealed Saturday. Monitoring could last up to two weeks. If the individual develops symptoms of the virus, the person will be admitted to the hospital's biocontainment unit, one of the few in the USA dedicated to treating highly infectious diseases, Taylor Wilson, a spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine said. He will be transferred to a special biocontainment once symptoms develop.

The medic, who is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola, will remain under observation for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine said in a statement.

"Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them".

The American, the Nebraska release states, is not an official patient and is being taken privately to the medical center.

"The individual was moved safely and securely", a State Department representative said.

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After the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, experts on the deadly disease from Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have "taken a leading role in training other health care workers across the US and around the world in dealing with infectious diseases", according to the press release.

The person isn't displaying symptoms of Ebola but was evacuated to ensure quick access to specialized care if symptoms develop. "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 U.S. public due to this evacuation", says the CDC. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

At the moment, from the deadly disease died of 360 people, more than 200 have been treated. It can also spread through objects contaminated with body fluids from a sick or dead person. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units, its news release said. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposure, but none of them developed the disease.

The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is one of a handful of highly advanced facilities in the United States that was built for treating patients with highly infectious diseases.

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