Doctor Possibly Exposed to Ebola Is Now in Nebraska


US officials arranged the physician's travel, a spokesman for the medical center said.

The physician, who has not been identified due to privacy concerns, returned to Nebraska on Saturday, but doctors say there are now no signs of the deadly virus. The Nebraska Medical Center has treated Ebola patients in previous outbreaks.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", said Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine, in a statement.

"Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them".

At this point, the person has not demonstrated any symptoms of the virus, but he or she "will be monitored closely", the facility said.

The Congolese government is grappling with the second largest Ebola outbreak on record.

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However, if it becomes necessary for this person to be transferred to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, regular updates should be expected.

The person, who was transported to the private plane and transported by auto, will be monitored by federal, state and county public health officials, according to the statement.

Congo's health ministry, the World Health Organization and some nongovernmental organizations have been forced to temporarily suspend their Ebola containment work because of protests related to Sunday's presidential election. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. The individual will be monitored in a secure area inaccessible to the public and patients.

Symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain may appear up to three weeks after contact with the potentially deadly virus, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nebraska Medical Center officials also sought to reassure the public that the campus' medical community has the situation well in hand. In 2015, five Americans were monitored at the center after being exposed to the virus in West Africa, but none developed the disease.

Should symptoms develop, the health care worker would be moved to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of only a few in the United States for treating infectious diseases.