An American providing medical assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sent to Nebraska for monitoring of possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
Nebraska Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center reports the person, who’s identity is being withheld, has no Ebola symptoms at this time, but is being monitored closely.
If symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated.
“This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” Dr. Ted Cieslak, infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine, said in a written statement released by Nebraska Medicine. “Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them.”
The individual is being monitored in a secure area not accessible by the public or any patients. Monitoring could take two weeks.
The person is not an official patient and Nebraska Medicine will not provide status updates unless the person does become a patient.
Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.
Nebraska Medical Center is one of the few facilities in the country able to handle Ebola patients. Nebraska Medicine and its academic partner, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, play a leading role in training health care workers in dealing with infectious diseases such as Ebola.