Nebraska Medicine reports the person, who has not been identified, suffered a “cardiac issue” while jogging near the University of Nebraska Medical Center Saturday afternoon. Medical aid was administered on the scene by a health care worker. The person has been admitted to Nebraska Medicine and is listed in stable condition.
The medical condition, according to Nebraska Medicine, was unrelated to Ebola.
“It is important for everyone to understand this patient does not have Ebola,” Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, said in a written statement released by Nebraska Medicine. “Out of an abundance of caution, we ran an Ebola test immediately after the patient was admitted on Saturday. That test came back negative. There is no risk to hospital staff, patients, those assisting at the scene or the public.”
Nebraska Medicine is abiding by the privacy request by the five patients, not disclosing their names or gender. All five are being monitored twice daily on the medical center campus in a joint effort of Nebraska Medicine, the Douglas County Health Department, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
All five served as health care workers on a medical mission in Sierra Leone with a colleague who tested positive for Ebola and is being treated at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.
Nebraska Medicine says the five were brought to Omaha “out of an abundance of caution,” to be near the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit for treatment if necessary, which Nebraska Medicine says is unlikely.