Ebola latest: United States patient quarantined in Nebraska following virus exposure during outbreak

Ebola latest: United States patient quarantined in Nebraska following virus exposure during outbreak

Ebola latest: United States patient quarantined in Nebraska following virus exposure during outbreak

A USA healthcare worker who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the United States on Saturday and was put in quarantine in Nebraska.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", said Ted Cieslak MD, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine.

"This individual was monitored through the flight to the USA, 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.

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Monitoring could last up to two weeks, the hospital said.

About a dozen USA government personnel, including Ebola experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are working on the Ebola response in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, about 1,000 miles away.

Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted.

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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. The individual was flown back to the United States on a private plane, not commercial aircraft. The statement said the individual had asked for privacy and the request would be honored.

The doctor had been providing medical assistance in the central African country, where over 300 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak.

The center where the physician is being held has experience treating Ebola patients and has a biocontainment unit to address symptoms if they develop.

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The Nebraska Medical Center's Biocontainment Unit is one of only several nationwide that was built and equipped for the specific goal of housing and monitoring individual who suffered possible exposure to a deadly disease, according to Wilson. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.

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