An American who had been providing medical assistance in the Congo and was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus was expected to arrive at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday afternoon to be monitored, according to a medical center news release.
The person did not have any Ebola symptoms as of Saturday afternoon, but if any were to develop, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit would be activated, the release stated.
“This person may have been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist with Nebraska Medicine, said in the release. “Should any symptoms develop, the Nebraska Medicine/UNMC team is among the most qualified in the world to deal with them.”
The individual was transported privately to the medical center and will be monitored in a secure area not accessible to the public or any patients. The patient could stay there for up to two weeks.
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.
In the years since the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, infectious disease experts from Nebraska Medicine and its academic partner, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, have taken a leading role in training other health care workers across the U.S. and around the world in dealing with infectious diseases such as Ebola, the release stated.