The patient under observation for Ebola at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit in Omaha has been released and has left the metro area.
“We are happy to report the patient showed no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection,” said Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine. “The patient was regularly tested for the disease since arriving here in early January and every test came back negative for Ebola.”
The patient’s name was not released after asking for privacy but did release this statement: “I cannot possibly thank enough those who have been involved in my care – from my colleagues in Sierra Leone to the air transport team and staff at the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine. The medical team at the Biocontainment Unit is top notch in both character and skill, and I will truly miss them all. I cannot imagine having received better care anywhere. The hardest part of the last few weeks was leaving my patients in Sierra Leone, who were some of the sickest I have ever seen. I hope to return to West Africa to help in the fight against Ebola, but for now I am looking forward to spending some time with my family and friends.”
The patient experienced the exposure to the virus while caring for patients in Sierra Leone. Today marked the completion of the 21-day monitoring period for the disease, and the Centers For Disease Control approved the patient’s release.
This is the fourth Ebola case for Dr. Smith’s team. They successfully treated Dr. Richard Sacra in September and Ashoka Mukpo in October. Dr. Martin Salia was gravely ill when he arrived in Omaha last November and passed away less than two days later