Doctor quarantined for possible Ebola exposure

Doctor quarantined for possible Ebola exposure

"This individual was monitored through the flight to the US, and to Omaha, at several different locations, and this person is not symptomatic after any of those checks", University of Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson told ABC News late Saturday night.

"Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them", Cieslak said in the release. The person is not sick nor showing any Ebola symptoms, but could be monitored for up to two weeks, officials said.

The 39-year-old physician was working at a missionary hospital in the Congo and treated a severely ill patient who subsequently tested positive for Ebola, Politico reported.

The individual was transported to the NBU by private plane and automobile. Ebola patients or people who have been exposed to Ebola can be safely transported to the United States and cared for when appropriate precautions are used and infection control procedures are in place to prevent transmission to others, the CDC said.

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 Congolese government is grappling with the second largest Ebola outbreak on record.

The Ebola virus can not spread to others when a person shows no signs or symptoms of the disease. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. The doctor is being monitored in a secure area that is not accessible to the public or any patients.

The current outbreak in the Congo is the second largest of all-time, after almost 1,200 people died of the virus in 2016. The deadly virus can infect a human in contact with monkeys, bats and other wildlife that make contact with a person's bodily fluids.

The person will be monitored for up to two weeks at the Nebraska Medical Center, which has handled Ebola patients before.

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. Unless the need arises, we will not be providing updates in the status of this individual during the monitoring period. In 2015, five Americans were monitored at the center after being exposed to the virus in West Africa, but none developed the disease.

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