Doctor Reportedly Exposed to Ebola in Africa Brought to U.S. Hospital

Doctor Reportedly Exposed to Ebola in Africa Brought to U.S. Hospital

Attacks on government outposts and civilians by dozens of armed militias have complicated the work of Ebola response teams, who often have had to suspend crucial work tracking cases and isolating people infected with the deadly virus.

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. More than 350 people have died.

An American providing medical assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo recently experienced a possible exposure to the Ebola virus and is anticipated to be coming to Omaha for monitoring.

Officials say the person is not ill and has no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored for up to two weeks.

The individual is likely someone working with one of the medical charities caring for Ebola patients in the outbreak zone. U.S.

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Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and healthcare colleges, together with academic partner UNMC, are among world leaders in the treatment of Ebola, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding.

Ebola can incubate for three weeks before symptoms emerge.

"While this person isn't officially a patient, we will be honoring their request for privacy while they are being monitored here", Nebraska Medicine said. However, if it becomes necessary for this person to be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, regular updates should be expected.

According to the hospital, the USA citizen has no Ebola symptoms, but will be monitored closely and if any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated and the person admitted. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.

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