Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Doctor to be monitored in USA after possible exposure to Ebola

Doctor to be monitored in USA after possible exposure to Ebola

It can take up to three weeks after contracting Ebola for an infected person to begin showing symptoms.

There have been 543 confirmed cases and 48 probable cases in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, according to the World Health Organization.

The person, who was transported to the U.S.by private plane and transported by auto, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement.

According to the hospital, the US citizen has no Ebola symptoms, but will be monitored closely and if any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit will be activated and the person admitted. The outbreak in northeastern Congo has been especially hard to control because it is taking place in an active war zone.

The person isn't displaying symptoms of Ebola but was evacuated to ensure quick access to specialized care if symptoms develop.

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

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist at the medical center, told Politico. Early symptoms include headache, fever, chills and muscle pain.

The monitoring will likely last up to two weeks. Doctors will work with public health officials to monitor the patient and secure the area so other patients and members of the public will not be exposed to the deadly virus. Two of the three recovered, but one, who had been ill for more than a week before he was evacuated from Sierra Leone, died two days after arriving in Nebraska. It can also spread through objects contaminated with body fluids from a sick or dead person.

"While this person isn't officially a patient, we will be honoring their request for privacy while they are being monitored here", Nebraska Medicine said.

Unless the need arises, the UNMC will not be providing updates in the status of this individual during the monitoring period. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease. The Nebraska Medical Center has treated Ebola patients in previous outbreaks. "Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted".

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