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Ebola: American Who Had Been to Congo Monitored After Potential Exposure

Ebola: American Who Had Been to Congo Monitored After Potential Exposure

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

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare, deadly disease that can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal or a sick or dead person infected with the disease, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the hospital, the doctor was flown by private plane and then taken by auto.

The person, whose identity wasn't revealed because they requested privacy, will be monitored for up to two weeks in a "secure area" the public can't access, the Nebraska Medical Center said in a press release. A spokesperson for the State Department, which arranged the doctor's travel, said the doctor was moved safely and securely.

More than 350 people have died from Ebola in the Congo, which is dealing with the second-largest recorded outbreak of the disease in history.

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 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 US officials.

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

Nebraska Medical Center officials also sought to reassure the public that the campus' medical community has the situation well in hand.

He or she will be kept in the secure area for up to two weeks and be taken to a specialized bio-containment unit if symptoms show up. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

Should symptoms develop, the healthcare worker would be moved to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the only a few in the USA for treating infectious disease. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.

The virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.

During the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the NBU treated 3 patients, said UNMC on its website.


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