US health care worker with possible exposure to Ebola evacuated to Nebraska

The virus has ravaged huge parts of Africa

The physician, who is not identified for privacy reasons, was privately flown to Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday afternoon and transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center, officials with the medical center announced Saturday. This person has no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored closely. The quarantine could last up to two weeks. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted".

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.

According to Nebraska Medicine, the individual now is not showing symptoms; however, should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted.

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

The American was among hundreds of health-care personnel who have been responding to a growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, the second largest in history, with almost 600 cases and 360 deaths.

Nebraska Medical Center looked after three patients with Ebola who were brought back to the United States for care during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015. 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.

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The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the deadly virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unless the need arises, we will not be providing updates in the status of this individual during the monitoring period.

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. It can also spread through objects contaminated with body fluids from a sick or dead person.

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