Doctor exposed to Ebola placed in quarantine after return to US


While this person isn't officially a patient, hospital officials said they will be honoring the person's request for privacy while the individual is at the medical center.

An American who may have been exposed to Ebola while in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Nebraska to be monitored, the medical facility revealed Saturday.

More than 350 people have died in the Congo during the current Ebola crisis, although the World Health Organization says the outbreak doesn't pose an worldwide threat.

"This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious", Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine and an associate professor of epidemiology in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, said in a statement.

The medic had been treating patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after they contracted the disease.

The individual will be transported privately to the medical center.

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"This individual was monitored through the flight to the US, and to Omaha, at several different locations, and this person is not symptomatic after any of those checks", University of Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson told ABC News late Saturday night. The Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo has been particularly hard to contain because it is an active war zone.

The person isn't displaying symptoms of Ebola but was evacuated to ensure quick access to specialized care if symptoms develop.

The medical centre has a dedicated biocontainment unit and treated three Ebola patients in 2014.

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

Nebraska Medicine officials said the individual in their care is not an official patient, and therefore, the hospital will not provide any updates on the person's status unless it deems necessary. In 2015, several others were monitored after exposures, none of whom developed the disease.