In a follow-up to a report Friday, Dr. Martin Salia, the Sierra Leone national who lives in the United States, has arrived at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Dr. Salia contracted the potentially lethal virus treating patients in the currently hardest hit Ebola country, Sierra Leone. It is not clear exactly how he contracted it.
The Nebraska Medical Center posted on their Facebook page earlier today:
UPDATE: The third patient to be treated at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center with the Ebola virus is now scheduled to arrive at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield at 4:00 p.m. CST. We have received word he is critically ill – possibly sicker than any of the other patients transferred from West Africa and treated for Ebola in the United States.
In early September 2014, the Nebraska team successfully treated our first patient, Dr. Rick Sacra. Dr. Sacra contracted the virus while treating patients in West Africa. He was discharged from our Biocontainment Unit in late September, 2014. On Oct. 6, the second patient arrived, NBC cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted Ebola while on assignment in Liberia. Mukpo was released on Oct. 22 declared Ebola-free.
Dr. Salia is the 10th patient to be treated for EVD in the US. To date, only Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan had died from the virus here.
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