American possibly exposed to Ebola in DRC flown to United States hospital

The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

Taylor Wilson, a spokesman for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the potential exposure took place about a week ago. Unnamed Patient Does Not Exhibit Symptoms The doctor, who was not identified for privacy reason, does not exhibit symptoms of the hemorrhagic virus.

The Nebraska Medical Center treated three patients with Ebola in 2014.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha confirmed Saturday that it was housing the person in a secure area that is not accessible to other patients or the public.

"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.

However, Ebola has an incubation period rate of three weeks before symptoms can appear, meaning doctors are proceeding with caution.

The doctor had been providing medical assistance in the central African country, where over 300 people have died in the latest Ebola outbreak. If it is necessary, though, the individual will be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, where regular updates will be provided.

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"We are not aware of any other United States citizens with potential exposures to Ebola at this time, and there is no health risk to the USA public due to this evacuation", according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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. Officials said the patient was transported by private plane and vehicle.

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

The individual will be transported privately to the medical center. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. In 2015, several others were monitored who had possibly been exposed.

The Ebola virus spreads to people through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person.

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