An American providing care for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is headed to the University of Nebraska Medical Center after a possible exposure.
According to Nebraska Medicine, the individual currently is not showing symptoms; however, should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated and the person admitted.
“This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” said Ted Cieslak, M.D., infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine and associate professor of epidemiology in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. “Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them.”
The individual has not been identified.
This isn’t the first time Nebraska Medicine received EVD patients. Nebraska Medicine treated three patients with Ebola in 2014. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease. Nebraska Medical Center is home to one of the nation’s few dedicated biocontainment units.
The most recent data from the DRC Ministry of Health (computer translated) shows since the beginning of the epidemic, the cumulative number of cases is 593, of which 545 are confirmed and 48 are probable. In total, there were 359 deaths (311 confirmed and 48 probable) as of Dec. 27.
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