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American doctor in Nebraska quarantined for possible Ebola exposure



(Reuters) – A potentially vulnerable Ebola virus in the US in the Democratic Republic of the Congo treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the US on Saturday and was quarantined in Nebraska.

The physician, who has no Ebola symptoms, is seen for up to two weeks at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska Medicine.

The name of the person was not published for privacy reasons.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain can occur up to three weeks after exposure to the deadly virus, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

When symptoms occur, the healthcare professional relocates to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of the few in the United States to treat infectious diseases.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second worst in the world and has killed 356 of the 585 people infected since it began six months ago, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nebraska Medicine, a network of hospitals, clinics and health colleges, together with its academic partner UNMC, is a world leader in the treatment of Ebola, which spreads through contact with body fluids and causes haemorrhagic fever with severe vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding.

Nebraska Medicine cared for three patients with the virus in 201

4 and controlled several other patients during a 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa, which was the worst with more than 28,000 confirmed cases.

Reporting by Andrew Hay of New Mexico, Edited by G Crosse

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