An American who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola disease while arriving in Nebraska Democratic Republic of the Congo to be monitored, the medical facility reported Saturday.
The Unidentified Person Had Been Exposed According to a press release from Nebraska Medicine, the exposure may have occurred in the country offering medical help at the time.
At this point, the person has not shown any symptoms of the virus, but she or she is "closely monitored," said the facility.
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When Ebola is reported, the individual is picked up and the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is activated.
"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious," said Ted Cieslak, an infectious disease specialist Nebraska Medicine. "If symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine / UNMC team is among the best qualified to handle them worldwide. "
The individual's observation could take up to two weeks and is done in a place where neither the public nor patients have access, the facility says.
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"Although this person is not officially a patient, we will respect their request for privacy while being observed here," said Nebraska Medicine. 1
Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. In 2015, several other patients were monitored for exposure to disease. The Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the country's few dedicated biocontainment units.
Kimberly Biederman of Fox News contributed to this report.