American possibly exposed to Ebola to be monitored at Nebraska hospital

The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

An American providing care for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is headed to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after a possible exposure. 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 US dedicated to treating highly infectious diseases, Taylor Wilson, a spokesperson for Nebraska Medicine said.

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

The individual was transported to the NBU by private plane and automobile.

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.

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

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly disease most commonly affecting people and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

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. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids.

While this exposed individual isn't officially a patient, hospital officials said they will be honoring the person's request for privacy. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation's few dedicated biocontainment units. The Nebraska Medical Center has treated Ebola patients in previous outbreaks. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.

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