(Reuters) – A US healthcare worker who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus during patient treatment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrived in the United States on Saturday and was quarantined in Nebraska.
A physician who has no symptoms of Ebola fever will be monitored for two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, a Nebraska Medicine statement said.
The name of the person has not been published for privacy reasons.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain can occur within three weeks after contact with a deadly virus.
If symptoms occur, the health worker will be transferred to Nebraska Biocontrol, one of the few in the United States to treat infectious diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest outbreak in history and resulted in the deaths of 356 out of 585 people infected since it began six months ago.
Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and medical colleges, together with an academic partner of UNMC, are among the world leaders in treating Ebola, which spreads on contact with body fluids and causes hemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding.
In 2014, Nebraska Medicine cared for three patients with the virus, and several others examined for infection during an outbreak in West Africa in 2013–16, the worst of all reported cases, and more than 28,000 cases were confirmed.
Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing by G Crosse