Another view of one of the units in the Biocontainment Patient Care Unit of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Public health officials at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha released an individual they had been monitoring for Ebola symptoms for over two weeks Saturday morning, according to a medical center news release.

The release stated the individual never developed the disease and poses no risk to the public.

"This person completed the required 21-day monitoring period and did not develop symptoms of the disease," Dr. Ted Cieslak, an infectious diseases specialist at Nebraska Medicine, said in the release.

The individual is an American health care provider who was admitted to the medical center on Dec. 29 for monitoring following a possible exposure to the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Nebraska Medicine has previously monitored several individuals for Ebola since the virus' outbreak in 2014. If the individual had shown symptoms of the disease, they would have been transported to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit for treatment, which was previously used to treat three Ebola patients in 2014.

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