Doctor monitored in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

Doctor monitored in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

Doctor monitored in Nebraska for possible Ebola exposure

"Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them", Cieslak said.

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.

The person, who was transported to the U.S.by private plane and transported by vehicle, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement.

"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.

"The individual was moved safely and securely", a State Department representative said.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history. The outbreak began August 1 and has left more than 300 people dead, with 545 confirmed cases recorded as of Saturday, according to the country's health ministry.

Doctors are keeping a close eye on an American physician who returned to the US from the Congo and may have been exposed to Ebola.

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

Nebraska Medical Center officials also sought to reassure the public that the campus' medical community has the situation well in hand. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Monitoring could take as long as two weeks, the release states.

The virus spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died of the disease or through semen from a man who has recovered from the disease.

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that the unidentified person was being monitored in a secure facility not accessible to the public or other patients.

Updates on the person's condition aren't anticipated "unless the need arises", the facility said.

The Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014, according to the statement, and the following year monitored several others after exposure, though none of those individuals developed the disease.

The medical center said it would provide updates on the person's condition only if it becomes necessary to transfer the person to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

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