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

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

The UNMC, located in Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, said the individual has now no Ebola symptoms but will be monitored, according to a press release from the college, Xinhua news agency reported.

Congo has been battling an Ebola outbreak since August, culminating in 543 cases confirmed and 357 deaths as of late December, according to the World Health Organisation. The individual was transported by private plane and auto, they 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.

Taylor Wilson, a spokesman for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the potential exposure took place about a week ago. The outbreak in northeastern Congo has been especially hard to control because it is taking place in an active war zone.

Ebola can incubate for three weeks before symptoms emerge.

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

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. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them", Cieslak said. The quarantine could last up to two weeks.

At the moment, from the deadly disease died of 360 people, more than 200 have been treated. The hospital also said it will not be providing updates on the person's status unless the person needs to be transferred to the special biocontainment unit.

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.

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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